Patents, Innovation and Economic Performance

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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.




The Role of IPR for the Software Industry

A Changing Landscape?

This chapter presents the views of a Microsoft representative on the role of IPR for the software industry. Over the past few decades, the software industry has emerged as one of the most innovative sectors of the economy. Performance gains in computer hardware, advances in software functionality, and the growth of the Internet into an established communications and commercial medium have fueled the integration of software into nearly every aspect of modern life. Microsoft believes that IPRs have contributed to the software industry’s success. Without the possibility to address free-riding through IPRs, developers would not have been able to capture some of their software’s value in the market place, and further investment in software development would have been limited. IPRs are thus an important engine of growth and development for the software industry. Intellectual property covers ...


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