Investigating the characteristics of patents and the businesses which hold them
SummaryThis article describes how patent data from the UK Intellectual Property Office has been matched at the firm‐level with the business surveys administered by the Office for National Statistics. The resulting dataset should provide a useful resource for those undertaking research on innovation in the UK. Some initial analysis of the matched dataset has been presented here. Results show that businesses hold more patents than individuals; large businesses hold more patents than small businesses on average; and businesses patent inventions which would be intuitively associated with their industry.
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Volume (Year): 5 (2011)
Issue (Month): 4 (April)
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