Strategic Non-disclosure in Patents

Alexandra Zaby, Diana Heger, Marek Giebel

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Abstract

Patent law requires the full, clear, and concise disclosure of an invention in exchange for the protection of the intellectual property. This paper presents a theoretical analysis of the strategic motives to limit knowledge disclosure in patents and how this affects follow-on innovation. Using USPTO patent examination data we use Office actions associated with insufficient disclosure to investigate whether and how the modification of a patent specification in the course of examination impacts follow-on innovation. We find that inventors Ægame the systemÆ using strategic non-disclosure as a means to reduce follow-on innovation.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
Publikationsdato2022
Antal sider25
StatusUdgivet - 2022
BegivenhedDRUID22 Conference - Copenhagen Business School, Frederiksberg, Danmark
Varighed: 13 jun. 202215 jun. 2022
Konferencens nummer: 43
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Konference

KonferenceDRUID22 Conference
Nummer43
LokationCopenhagen Business School
Land/OmrådeDanmark
ByFrederiksberg
Periode13/06/202215/06/2022
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Emneord

  • Patent disclosure
  • Patent examination
  • Follow-on innovation

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