Reputations for Toughness in Patent Enforcement : Implications for Knowledge Spillovers via Inventor Mobility †

  title={Reputations for Toughness in Patent Enforcement : Implications for Knowledge Spillovers via Inventor Mobility †},
  author={Rajshree Agarwal and Martin Ganco and Rosemarie H. Ziedonis},
“Job hopping” by scientists and engineers is an important channel for knowledge diffusion. Little is known, however, about the effectiveness of actions firms take to reduce the outward flow of know-how and talent from their own organizations. Building on theories of reputation-building and strategic deterrence, this study investigates the moderating effects of corporate reputations for “toughness” in the enforcement of patents. Drawing on a unique database of enforcement activity, interfirm… CONTINUE READING
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