Enforcing Intellectual Property Rights

  title={Enforcing Intellectual Property Rights},
  author={Jean Olson Lanjouw and Mark Schankerman},
We study the determinants of patent suits and their outcomes over the period 1978-1999 by linking detailed information from the U.S. patent office, the federal court system, and industry sources. The probability of being involved in a suit is very heterogeneous, being much higher for valuable patents and for patents owned by individuals and smaller firms. Thus the patent system generates incentives, net of expected enforcement costs, that differ across inventors. Patentees with a large… CONTINUE READING