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Fan, Cuihong; Jun, Byoung Heon and Wolfstetter, Elmar G. (21. May 2015): Licensing Innovations: The Case of the Inside Patent Holder. SFB/TR 15 Discussion Paper No. 510 [PDF, 218kB]


The present paper reconsiders the inside innovators’ licensing problem under incomplete information. Employing an optimal mechanism design approach, we show that, contrary to what is claimed in the literature, the optimal mechanism may prescribe fixed fees, royalty rates lower than the cost reduction, and even negative royalty rates.

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