Patents, Innovation and Economic Performance

OECD Conference Proceedings

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This publication presents a collection of the policy-oriented empirical studies and stakeholders' views designed to show how patent regimes can contribute more efficiently to innovation and economic performance.  Topics covered include the links between patents and economic performance, changes in patent regimes, patents and entrepreneurship, patents and diffusion of technology, IPR for software and technology, and current and future policy challenges.




Patents and the Transfer of Technology to Developing Countries

This paper explores the implications of patents for the transfer of technology to developing countries, with a focus on developing countries that have significant scientific and technological capability. The contribution of this paper lies in the separation of different forms of technology transfer and analysis of the roles of patents in these different forms of transfer. It, in turn, reviews the impact of patents on the transfer of technology through foreign direct investment, on the transfer to indigenous firms, both through licensing and through independent innovation, and finally on the ...


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