Inventor collaboration over distance â€“ a comparison of academic and corporate patents
AbstractThe paper compares academic and corporate patents in Germany to shed light on the geographical distribution of the inventors. The residences of the inventors show different patterns in the two datasets. Furthermore, we analyze the spatial distance between inventors for patents invented in collaboration and give insights into the distanceâ€™s change over a time period of 14 years. The distance between collaborating inventors of corporate patents exceeds that of inventors of academic patents. In spite of the rise of ICT and cheap passenger transportation the collaboration distances have not increased. This supports earlier literature on the importance of proximity in innovation.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Philipps University Marburg, Department of Geography in its series Working Papers on Innovation and Space with number 2010-01.
Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: May 2010
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inventor networks; Germany; academic patents; research collaboration;
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- NEP-URE-2010-06-11 (Urban & Real Estate Economics)
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