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Discrimination against Foreigners

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  • Lehmann-Hasemeyer, Sibylle (University of Hohenheim)
  • Streb, Jochen (University of Mannheim (Germany))
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  • Abstract

    Some economists doubt whether it makes sense to push developing countries to introduce strict national patent laws because the enforcement of foreigners’ intellectual property rights prevents companies from catching up by learning through imitation. As the historical case of the German state Wuerttemberg demonstrates, however, a government’s lip service to the principle of equal treatment does not guarantee that its administration adheres to this formal rule. We show that the patent office of Wuerttemberg strategically discriminated against foreign inventors for fiscal and protectionist reasons. Comparatively high patent fees led foreign inventors to waive their patent protection prematurely. The study is based on individual patents granted in Wuerttemberg (Germany) in the period between 1820 and 1868.

Update Metadata: 2020-03-06 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2020-03-06

Lehmann-Hasemeyer, Sibylle; Streb, Jochen (2020): Discrimination against Foreigners. Version: V0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.