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Academic inventors as brokers: An exploratory analysis of the KEINS database


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  • Francesco Lissoni

    (Università di Brescia, Faculty of Engineering and CESPRI, Università Bocconi, Milan.)


Academic inventors are university scientists who appear as designated inventors of patents whose assignee may be either a business company, their own academic institution, or a governmental administration. The paper analyses their relationships entertained with co?inventors, who may be either academic colleagues, students, or, very often, industrial researchers. Gould’s and Fernandez’s (1989) definition of “brokerage” roles is adjusted to patent data, and complemented with information drawn from the academic inventors’ publications and their answers to a short questionnaire. Only very few academic inventors are found to hold brokerage positions. Those who do have a large number of patents, a strong publication record and higher?than?average propensity to keep in touch with their business co?inventors after patents, for information exchanges of all sorts. Some of them achieve influence well beyond the walls of the Ivory Tower.

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Paper provided by KITeS, Centre for Knowledge, Internationalization and Technology Studies, Universita' Bocconi, Milano, Italy in its series KITeS Working Papers with number 213.

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Length: pages 28
Date of creation: Jan 2008
Date of revision: Jan 2008
Handle: RePEc:cri:cespri:wp213

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Keywords: academic inventors; technology transfer; brokerage; social network analysis.;

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  1. Antonio Della Malva & Francesco Lissoni & Patrick Llerena, 2008. "Institutional Change and Academic Patenting: French Universities and the Innovation Act of the 1999," Working Papers of BETA 2008-09, Bureau d'Economie Théorique et Appliquée, UDS, Strasbourg.


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