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Author (up) Merges, R.P.; Nelson, R.R. openurl 
  Title On Limiting or Encouraging Rivalry in Technical Progress: The Effect of Patent Scope Decisions Type Journal Article
  Year 1994 Publication Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization Abbreviated Journal  
  Volume 25 Issue 1 Pages 1-24  
  Corporate Author Thesis  
  Address Columbia U; Columbia U  
  Keywords Intellectual Property Rights (O340)  
  Abstract This essay is on the effects of the scope of a patent--e.g., how broad its allowed claims--on subsequent inventing in a field. It is argued that this depends on the topography of technical advance in a field, in particular on how inventions are linked to each other, and in the extent to which rapid technical advance requires a diversity of actors and minds, as contrasted with being facilitated by express coordination of inventive activity. Technical advance is examined in several different fields, with a focus on how patents influenced the pace and quality of development. The authors conclude that allowing and enforcing broad patent claims tends to hinder technical progress.  
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  ISSN 0167-2681 ISBN Medium  
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  Call Number CU @ rrn2 @ Serial 125  
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