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US faculty patenting: Inside and outside the university

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  • Thursby, Jerry
  • Fuller, Anne W.
  • Thursby, Marie

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In a sample of 5811 patents with US faculty as inventors, 26% are assigned solely to firms rather than universities as dictated by US university employment policies and Bayh-Dole. We relate assignment to patent characteristics, university policy, and inventor field. Patents assigned to firms (whether established or start-ups with inventor as principal) are less basic than those assigned to universities suggesting firm assigned patents result from faculty consulting. Assignment to inventor-related start-ups is less likely the higher the share of revenue inventors receive from university-licensed patents. Firm assignment also varies by inventor field and whether the university is public or private.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Research Policy.

Volume (Year): 38 (2009)
Issue (Month): 1 (February)
Pages: 14-25

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Handle: RePEc:eee:respol:v:38:y:2009:i:1:p:14-25

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Keywords: Faculty patenting Consulting University-industry technology transfer Academic entrepreneurship;

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