From Potential to Real Threat? The Impacts of Technology Attributes on Licensing Competition—Evidence from China during 2002–2013

Ming Li*, Jason Li-Ying, Yuandi Wang, Xiangdong Chen

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Abstract

Prior studies have extensively discussed firms’ propensity of licensing under different levels of competition. This study clarifies the differences between potential technology competition (PTC) and actual licensing competition (ALC). We investigate the relationship between these two types of competition in the context of Chinese patent licensing landscape, using patent licensing data during 2002–2013. We find that the positive effect of PTC on ALC is contingent upon the nature of licensed patent, such as generality, complexity, and newness. Our findings help scholars and managers interested in licensing to understand and monitor the likelihood of licensing competition. Policy implications are presented at the end of this study.
Original languageEnglish
Article number260
JournalInformation
Volume12
Issue number7
Number of pages17
ISSN2078-2489
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • Potential technology competition
  • Actual licensing competition
  • Technology attributes

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