The Implications of Incumbent Intellectual Property Strategies for Open Source Software Success and Commercialization
11 Pages Posted: 4 Jan 2013
Date Written: August 3, 2012
This dissertation investigates how IPR enforcement by proprietary incumbents influences open source software (OSS) adoption and production. It suggests user interest and developer activity on OSS are negatively affected by IPR enforcement particularly for OSS projects technologically overlap with litigated OSS and business projects specific to a litigated OSS platform. Second, it examines how royalty-free patent pools contributed by incumbents affect OSS product entry. It finds the pools related to a software segment will facilitate OSS start-up entry into the same segment; this marginal effect is especially large in segments with high cumulativeness of innovation or high patent ownership concentration.
Keywords: Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement, Open Source, Patent Pledge, Patent Thicket, Cumulative Innovation
JEL Classification: O32, O34, L86
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