Is the Market for Ideas a Market for Lemons?
|Title||Is the Market for Ideas a Market for Lemons?|
|© edegan.com, 2016|
Rational ignorance at the patent office can only be efficient if there is no market for ideas. If patents are sold in a market then, as their is an information asymmetry between the inventor (or current user) and the purchaser, one should expect a market for lemons. Low quality patents would be more likely to be litigated as they are less clear and hence more prone to be infringed. They would also be more likely to be found invalid conditional on litigation. Using a novel dataset on patent reassignments, this paper explores the relationship between patent sales and litigation outcomes.