The relation between the firm’s IP strategy and occupation and qualification of the R&D labour force
AbstractThe past decades have witnessed a large growth in patenting and out-licensing rendering the IP strategy an important element for innovation management. The paper looks at the relation between the formal qualification and occupation of R&D personnel and the IP strategy by focussing on the probability of firms? to register patents and to out-license technology in order to generate revenue. Based on the occupational and educational characteristics of R&D personnel it is shown that patent registration and income generating from licensing imply a different set of skills from the R&D labour force. Looking at the occupation of the R&D staff, patenting can be related to the presence of R&D managers & researchers and also to R&D support staff; whereas out-licensing is linked to the R&D support staff solely. Second, regarding the level of education, the act of registering patents and generating revenue from them depends on R&D staff having a doctoral degree.
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Length: 13 page
Date of creation: Nov 2011
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Intellectual property; R&D personnel; Education; Occupation; Firm-level;
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2012-02-01 (All new papers)
- NEP-CSE-2012-02-01 (Economics of Strategic Management)
- NEP-INO-2012-02-01 (Innovation)
- NEP-IPR-2012-02-01 (Intellectual Property Rights)
- NEP-SBM-2012-02-01 (Small Business Management)
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