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Patents Papers and Secrecy

Patents Papers and Secrecy

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Published by Joshua Gans
Joshua Gans, "Patents, Papers and Secrecy: Contracting over Scientific Disclosure," Workshop on the Economics of the Future of Scholarly Communication, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 12th September 2008.
Joshua Gans, "Patents, Papers and Secrecy: Contracting over Scientific Disclosure," Workshop on the Economics of the Future of Scholarly Communication, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 12th September 2008.

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The Social Accumulation of Knowledge
 
The mere production of knowledge does not guarantee that otherswill be able to exploit that knowledge (Polanyi; Mokyr)
 
Tacit Knowledge
 
Trade Secrecy
 
Intriguingly, the ability to provide private incentives to produceknowledge that can be exploited by others is a the heart of modern theories of endogenous growth (Romer)
 
Open Science and Patenting are two institutional arrangementsthat require the
disclosure
of knowledge (Dasgupta and David)
 
By and large, the spheres of knowledge governed by Open Scienceand Patenting are assumed to be
relatively
independent
 
The Duality of Knowledge
Immediate usefulness
Low
High
ScientificMerit
Low
High
Adapted from Stokes (1996)

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