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Marco Ceccagnoli, Georgia Institute of Technology Print
Tuesday, 02 October 2012, 14:00 - 15:15

Joint seminar ECARES-iCite

Marco Ceccagnoli, Georgia Institute of Technology

Patent Pools, Thickets, and Open Source Software Entry by Start-Up Firms


Abstract: We examine whether open source software (OSS) patent pools contributed by large software incumbents influence new OSS product entry by start-up software firms. In particular, we analyze the impact of a major OSS patent pool—the Patent Commons—established by IBM in 2005. We find that increases in the size of the OSS patent pool related to a software segment increase the rate of entry in the segment by startups using an OSS license. The marginal impact of the OSS patent pool on OSS entry by start-ups is increasing in the cumulativeness of innovation in the segment and the extent to which patent ownership in the segment is concentrated.

Location: R42.2.113
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