The Economics of Patents

The International Library of Critical Writings in Economics series

Edited by John Cantwell, Professor of International Business, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Newark, US

This authoritative collection reprints the key articles in the field of the economics of patents. The editor’s selection, contextualised by a comprehensive introduction, examines the classic literature on the design and evolution of the patent system, the now well-established body of work on the use of patent statistics as a measure of invention and technological change, and the new interest in the analysis of corporate patenting.

‘Professor Cantwell has achieved a very comprehensive outcome. . . provides the reader with a thorough insight as to the value of patents as economic indicators of innovation. . . it should be of interest to a broader audience comprising anybody interested in furthering his understanding of the interaction between patent and its claimed purpose. . .’
– Florian Leverve, Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice

2006 1,072 pp Hardback 978 1 84542 316 2 £378.00 £420.00 $548.10 $609.00

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