nep-ind New Economics Papers
on Industrial Organization
Issue of 2012‒04‒23
two papers chosen by
Kwang Soo Cheong
Johns Hopkins University

  1. Patent Disclosure in Standard Setting By Bernhard Ganglmair; Emanuele Tarantino
  2. Network structure of inter-industry flows By James McNerney; Brian D. Fath; Gerald Silverberg

  1. By: Bernhard Ganglmair; Emanuele Tarantino
    Abstract: In a model of industry standard setting with private information about firms' intellectual property, we analyze (a) firms' incentives to contribute to the development and improvement of a standard, and (b) firms' decision to disclose the existence of relevant intellectual property to other participants of the standard-setting process. If participants can disclose after the end of the process and fully exploit their bargaining leverage, then patent holders aspire to disclose always after the end of the process. However, if a patent holder cannot rely on the other participants to always contribute to the process, then it may be inclined to disclose before the end of the process. We also analyze under which conditions firms enter cross-licensing agreements that eliminate the strategic aspect of patent disclosure, and show that, in an institutional setting that implies a waiver of intellectual property rights if patents are not disclosed timely, firms aspire to disclose before the end of the process. Finally, we study the effect of product-market competition on patent disclosure.
    JEL: D71 D83 L15 O34
    Date: 2012–04
    URL: http://d.repec.org/n?u=RePEc:nbr:nberwo:17999&r=ind
  2. By: James McNerney; Brian D. Fath; Gerald Silverberg
    Abstract: We study the structure of inter-industry relationships using networks of money flows between industries in 20 national economies. We find these networks vary around a typical structure characterized by a Weibull link weight distribution, exponential industry size distribution, and a common community structure. The community structure is hierarchical, with the top level of the hierarchy comprising five industry communities: food industries, chemical industries, manufacturing industries, service industries, and extraction industries.
    Date: 2012–04
    URL: http://d.repec.org/n?u=RePEc:arx:papers:1204.4122&r=ind

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