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Reaping the Benefits of Patenting Activities: Does the Size of Patentees Matter?

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  • Francesco Schettino
  • Alessandro Sterlacchini

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This paper is based upon a survey on a regional sample of Italian inventors who, between 1991 and 2005, were named in patent applications filed at the European Patent Office. Their features and patenting activities are examined in relation to the size of their organizations. Compared to those from medium and large companies, the inventors working in small firms are less productive in terms of patent applications. However, according to different indicators, it emerges that there is no difference in the average quality of patented inventions of the two groups. Nevertheless, one-third of small applicants evaluates negatively its patenting experience, while this is true for only a tiny fraction of larger patentees. On the basis of further interviews, we find that these assessments are particularly influenced by the different capacity to enforce patent rights.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Industry and Innovation.

Volume (Year): 16 (2009)
Issue (Month): 6 ()
Pages: 613-633

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Keywords: Inventors and applicants of EPO patents; firm size; patent propensity and quality; enforcement of patent rights;

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  1. Schettino, Francesco & Sterlacchini, Alessandro & Venturini, Francesco, 2008. "Inventive Productivity and Patent Quality: Evidence from Italian Inventors," MPRA Paper 7765, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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