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University Patenting in Germany before and after 2002: What Role Did the Professors' Privilege Play?

  • Sidonia von Ledebur


    (Philipps University Marburg)

  • Guido Buenstorf


    (Max Planck Institute of Economics, Jena)

  • Martin Hummel


    (Friedrich Schiller University Jena, School of Economics and Business Administration)

We examine ownership patterns of German university-invented patents before and after the abolition of the "professors' privilege" in 2002 to explore how the legal change affected patenting activities. Our data show a shift from individually-owned and firm-owned patents to university-owned patents, which becomes increasingly strong over the years. Differences in the patent experience of inventors and universities further help explain the variance in ownership patterns. Both experienced and inexperienced inventors are affected by the legal change.

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Paper provided by Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena in its series Jena Economic Research Papers with number 2009-068.

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Date of creation: 12 Aug 2009
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Handle: RePEc:jrp:jrpwrp:2009-068
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