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A Theoretical Framework for Understanding University Inventors and Patenting

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  • Devrim Göktepe

    () (Max Planck Institute of Economics)

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This paper develops theoretical standpoints to investigate and analyse university inventors and patenting activities. Although the studies on academic entrepreneurship and university patenting have substantially increased, first there have not been enough studies on individual inventors and second the current theoretical studies are not eclectic enough to capture the different factors that may explain university inventors patenting activities. The framework described here addresses this need. To accomplish this we inductively derive several factors from a substantial number of studies on university patenting and entrepreneurship, and develop these factors into a tentative framework. It is our hope that this framework is useful in future empirical research on university patenting and provides a point of departure for scientists.

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  • Devrim Göktepe, 2008. "A Theoretical Framework for Understanding University Inventors and Patenting," Jena Economic Research Papers 2008-031, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena.
  • Handle: RePEc:jrp:jrpwrp:2008-031
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    theoretical approach; university patenting; inventors; incentives;

    JEL classification:

    • O31 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives
    • O34 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Intellectual Property and Intellectual Capital
    • B31 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought: Individuals - - - Individuals

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