DP4658 Intellectual Property and Standardization Committee Participation in the US Modem Industry

Author(s): Neil Gandal, Nataly Gantman, David Genesove
Publication Date: October 2004
Keyword(s): modems, patenting, standardization committee participation
JEL(s): L13, L86
Programme Areas: Industrial Organization
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The authors take a preliminary look at the interaction between patenting and standardization committee participation in the US modem industry. Both involve a much wider set of firms than the downstream modem manufacturers themselves. Not surprisingly, the two activities are highly correlated across firms. Using five-year periods, Granger causality tests show that while patenting is predicted by participation in earlier standardization meetings, meetings participation is not predicted by earlier patenting. The authors interpret these results as reflecting the timing of standard setting relative to innovation.