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Transnational spatial dependencies in the geography of non-resident patent filings

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  • Richard Perkins
  • Eric Neumayer

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This article provides new insights into how geography shapes spatiotemporal variations in the propensity of actors from particular countries to file for non-resident patents in specific foreign economies. Our major contribution is to show that, in addition to bilateral exports and outward foreign direct investment, the geography of non-resident patenting is shaped by transnational spatial dependencies: the cross-border patenting activity of residents from one country is influenced by the prior patenting activity of residents from third countries. We find that domestic actors from particular countries are more likely to file for patent protection in focal foreign economies where their regional peers and, to a lesser extent, competitors from economies with similar export product structures have filed for a larger number of patents.
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  • Richard Perkins & Eric Neumayer, 2011. "Transnational spatial dependencies in the geography of non-resident patent filings," Journal of Economic Geography, Oxford University Press, vol. 11(1), pages 37-60, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:jecgeo:v:11:y:2011:i:1:p:37-60
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    1. Drivas, Kyriakos & Economidou, Claire & Karkalakos, Sotiris & Tsionas, Efthymios G., 2016. "Mobility of knowledge and local innovation activity," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 85(C), pages 39-61.
    2. Antoine Dechezleprêtre & Richard Perkins & Eric Neumayer, 2012. "Regulatory Distance and the Transfer of New Environmentally Sound Technologies: Evidence from the Automobile Sector," Working Papers 2012.33, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei.
    3. Kyriakos Drivas & Claire Economidou, 2015. "Is geographic nearness important for trading ideas? Evidence from the US," The Journal of Technology Transfer, Springer, vol. 40(4), pages 629-662, August.
    4. Dechezleprêtre, Antoine & Neumayer, Eric & Perkins, Richard, 2015. "Environmental regulation and the cross-border diffusion of new technology: Evidence from automobile patents," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 44(1), pages 244-257.

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    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty
    • F15 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Economic Integration
    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
    • O33 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes
    • O34 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Intellectual Property and Intellectual Capital

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