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Academic Patenting in Europe: New Evidence from the KEINS Database

  • Francesco Lissoni

    (University of Brescia, Brescia and Cespri - Bocconi University, Milano, Italy.)

  • Patrick Llerena

    (BETA - Université L.Pasteur, Strasbourg, France.)

  • Maureen McKelvey

    (RIDE-IMIT - Chalmers University, Gothenburg, Sweden.)

  • Bulat Sanditov

    (Cespri - Bocconi University, Milano, Italy and MERIT - Maastricht University, The Netherlands.)

The paper provides summary statistics from the KEINS database on academic patenting in France, Italy, and Sweden. It shows that academic scientists in those countries have signed many more patents than previously estimated. This re?evaluation of academic patenting comes by considering all patents signed by academic scientists active in 2004, both those assigned to universities and the many more held by business companies, governmental organizations, and public laboratories. Specific institutional features of the university and research systems in the three countries contribute to explain these ownership patterns, which are remarkably different from those observed in the US. In the light of these new data, European universities’ contribution to domestic patenting appears not to be much less intense than that of their US counterparts.

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Paper provided by KITeS, Centre for Knowledge, Internationalization and Technology Studies, Universita' Bocconi, Milano, Italy in its series KITeS Working Papers with number 202.

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Length: pages 30
Date of creation: Jun 2007
Date of revision: Jun 2007
Handle: RePEc:cri:cespri:wp202
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