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The Governance of Localized Technological Knowledge and the Evolution of Intellectual Property Rights.

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  • Design
  • Economics

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Antonelli_Co-ELGAR__1.PDF Via Po, 53 – 10124 Torino (Italy) Tel. (+39) 011 6702704 - Fax (+39) 011 6702762 URL: http//www.de.unito.it WORKING PAPER SERIES THE GOVERNANCE OF LOCALIZED TECHNOLOGICAL KNOWLEDGE AND THE EVOLUTION OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS Cristiano Antonelli Dipartimento di Economia “S. Cognetti de Martiis” Laboratorio di Economia dell’Innovazione “Franco Momigliano” Working paper No. 01/2003 Università di Torino THE GOVERNANCE OF LOCALIZED TECHNOLOGICAL KNOWLEDGE AND THE EVOLUTION OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS Cristiano Antonelli* Introduction The economics of intellectual property rights has been characterized by an evolution that parallels and reflects the major shifts in the economics of technological knowledge that have occurred in the recent years. This work provides an analysis of the effects of the changing foundations of the economics of knowledge upon the assessment of the design and the characteristics of intellectual property rights. 2 To do this, the paper relies on a systemic approach to understanding the mechanisms of the institutional set up that are most conducive to foster the rate of introduction of technological knowledge and hence technological change. The systemic analysis of the interdependent and complementary conditions of access and exclusion to the flows of technological interactions, transactions, coordination and communication that are specifically designed to organize the generation and the distribution of technological knowledge provides the appropriate context into which the role of each mechanism and specifically intellectual property rights can be assessed (Jaffe 2000). Major changes have occurred in the economic understanding of knowledge in the second part of the 20th century. Knowledge has been first regarded as a t

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