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SpicyIP Tidbit: WIPO releases database for economics of IP


wipo-logoWIPO recently released a very useful database of academic literature on the economics of IP. In their words,

WIPO’s Economics Literature Database provides an overview of key academic literature that has influenced thinking in the field of intellectual property (IP) economics. The Database is an ideal and convenient starting point for researchers, policy-makers, and anyone else interested in the economics of IP.

Divided by ‘IP instrument’ as well as by ‘theme’ to make it easily searchable, I for one am very thankful for such a database. The IP instruments include Geographical Indications, Trade Secrets, Trademarks as well as Copyrights and Patents. The themes include Commercialization, Competition, IP institutions, International Commerce and Technology Transfer, University Research and Industry Linkages amongst others.

Though full papers aren’t available here (copyright restrictions of course), short descriptions and bibliographical information are provided. You can find the database here.

I’ve only gone through a few searches but in my limited knowledge, it seems to cover all the major bases. A big thanks to WIPO for taking up initiatives like this!

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