Empirical evidence that tough(er) IPR enforcement works?
June 13, 2008
Does anyone have any?
Obviously, there are a slew of industry-sponsored studies that tell us how much profit is lost through trademark and copyright infringements (all of them employing questionable methods and un-rigorous theories at best).
There are also numerous press-releases like this one, demonstrating that IPR police can bring down those evil counterfeiters.
But what about a peer-reviewed empirical study that actually supports the hypothesis that punishment is the best way to deal with unauthorized reproduction and use of intangible assets?
I can’t think of any.
Seems like the US congress, courts, private sector firms, and trade officials ought to test their enforcement hypothesis sometime.