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The R&D-patent relationship: An industry perspective

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  • Danguy, Jérôme

    ()
    (Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management)

  • de Rassenfosse, Gaétan

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    (Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management)

  • van Pottelsberghe de la Potterie, Bruno

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    (Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management)

Abstract

This paper re-visits the empirical failure to establish a clear link between R&D efforts and patent counts at the industry level. It is claimed that the “propensity-to-patent” concept should be split into an “appropriability propensity” and a “strategic propensity”. The empirical contribution is based on a unique panel dataset composed of 18 industries in 19 countries over 19 years. The results confirm that the R&D-patent relationship is affected by research productivity, appropriability propensity and strategic propensity factors. The observed increase in the propensity to file for patents is much stronger for supranational (that is, triadic or regional) patents than for priority filings, suggesting that the current patent hype is essentially the result of a globalization phenomenon.

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Paper provided by European Investment Bank, Economics Department in its series EIB Papers with number 7/2009.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: 13 Jan 2010
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Handle: RePEc:ris:eibpap:2009_007

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Keywords: Propensity to patent; strategic propensity; appropriability; research productivity;

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  1. Bruno Van Pottelsberghe & Matthis de Saint-Georges, 2011. "A Quality Index for Patent Systems," Working Papers ECARES ECARES 2011-010, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
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