The project investigates the economic importance of trade secrets (TS) and their relationship to intellectual property rights (IR) and other appropriability mechanisms. The study will be composed of two parts: A descriptive part assessing the contribution of TS in the EU economy and an econometric part analyses the determinants of a firm’s usage of TS and IPR.
Discussion and Working Papers
Crass, Dirk, Francisco Garcia Valero, Francesco Pitton and Christian Rammer (2016), Protecting Innovation Through Patents and Trade Secrets: Determinants and Performance Impacts for Firms with a Single Innovation, ZEW Discussion Paper No. 16-061, Mannheim. Download
01.04.2015 - 30.09.2016