Intellectual Property : The Law and Economics Approach

  title={Intellectual Property : The Law and Economics Approach},
  author={Richard A. Posner},
T he traditional focus of economic analysis of intellectual property has been on reconciling incentives for producing such property with concerns about restricting access to it by granting exclusive rights in intellectual goods—that is, by “propertizing” them—thus enabling the owner to charge a price for access that exceeds marginal cost. For example, patentability provides an additional incentive to produce inventions, but requiring that the information in patents be published and that patents… CONTINUE READING

From This Paper

Topics from this paper.


Publications citing this paper.
Showing 1-10 of 13 extracted citations


Publications referenced by this paper.
Showing 1-10 of 13 references

Copyright as a Rule of Evidence.

Lichtman, Douglas
Duke Law Journal • 2003

Economic Analysis of Law

Posner, A. Richard
New York: Aspen Publishers. • 2003

The Economics of Patents: Lessons from Recent U.S. Patent Reform.

Gallini, T Nancy
Journal of Economic Perspectives • 2002

Rewards versus Intellectual Property Rights.

Shavell, Steven, Tanguy van Ypersele
Journal of Law and Economics • 2001

The Benefits and Costs of Strong Patent Protection: A Contribution to the Current Debate.

Mazzoleni, Robert, Richard R. Nelson
Research Policy • 1998

Patent Races and Optimal Patent Breadth and Length.

Denicolò, Vincenzo
Journal of Industrial Economics • 1996

An Evolutionary Theory of Economic Change

Nelson, R. Richard, Sidney G. Winter.
Cambridge, Mass.: University Press. • 1982

The Nature and Function of the Patent System.

Kitch, W Edmund
Journal of Law and Economics • 1977

Similar Papers

Loading similar papers…