nep-ipr New Economics Papers
on Intellectual Property Rights
Issue of 2016‒07‒23
two papers chosen by
Giovanni Ramello
Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale “Amedeo Avogadro”

  1. Trade, Intellectual Property Rights, and the World Trade Organization By Kamal Saggi
  2. Applying Patent Intelligence to Explore the Technology Evolution By Yu-Hui Wang; Tzu-han Chow

  1. By: Kamal Saggi (Vanderbilt University)
    Abstract: This paper surveys the literature on international trade and the protection of intellectual property rights (IPRs) in the global economy. The discussion is organized around the major questions in the field. How does openness to trade affect national incentives for patent protection? What is the rationale for international coordination over patent policies? Given that countries are highly asymmetric with respect to their technological capabilities, what incentives do lagging countries have for enforcing IPRs and what are the consequences of requiring them to do so? To what extent do empirical studies support the major arguments for and against the Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS)? Finally, can the structure of TRIPS -- both in terms of the core obligations it imposes on WTO members and the flexibilities that it provides them with respect to exhaustion policies and the use of compulsory licensing -- be reconciled with existing models of IPR protection in the global economy?
    Keywords: intellectual property rights, TRIPS, WTO, innovation, trade, foreign direct investment, imitation, patent protection, welfare, exhaustion policies, compulsory licensing.
    JEL: F1 O3
    Date: 2016–07–19
  2. By: Yu-Hui Wang (National Taipei University of Technology); Tzu-han Chow (National Taipei University of Technology)
    Abstract: Voice data transmission is an important revenue source for mobile communications operators. VoLTE is the technology driver of the growth for 4G LTE voice data transmission. The first wave of VoLTE-enabled devices became commercially available between 2014 and 2016. To understand the global development of VoLTE technology, this study examines VoLTE patent portfolios and identifies area for VoLTE patent applications and commercialization. We recommend that mobile communications companies establish a competitive advantage with VoLTE technology leadership prior to the year 2018. All manufacturers should act expeditiously to develop patent protection for the next generation of voice communications technology. This research provides mobile-telecom service providers, mobile network operators, and terminal equipment manufacturers with an understanding of the VoLTE technology frontier and the competitive status of emerging innovations.
    Keywords: Signal processing, Patent intelligence, Patent map
    JEL: O32 O34

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