Journals Higher Education



Published: 17 January 2021

256 Pages | 27

6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190908591

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Innovators, Firms, and Markets

The Organizational Logic of Intellectual Property

Jonathan M. Barnett

  • Challenges conventional wisdom that weaker enforcement of intellectual property (IP) rights encourages competition and innovation
  • Provides a novel theoretical framework for IP policy analysis, which integrates IP and antitrust law with the institutional economics literature on the “theory of the firm”
  • Uses an economic history of the U.S. patent system to show how changes in IP law impact how markets organize the innovation and commercialization process
  • Offers a political economic analysis of the lobbying interests that influence the U.S. patent system

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