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Patenting in family firms

  • Alessandra Tognazzo


    (University of Padova)

  • Federica Destro


    (University of Padova)

  • Paolo Gubitta


    (University of Padova)

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    In this paper we analyze patenting activities of family businesses, as compared to non-family ones. The main question is whether family business patent more or less. Then, we also analyze the composition of the inventor group and patent characteristics. To investigate these issues we analyzed a sample of 234 Italian businesses. We find some evidence that family firms differ in their patenting strategy from non-family ones.

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    Paper provided by Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche "Marco Fanno" in its series "Marco Fanno" Working Papers with number 0155.

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    Length: 26 pages
    Date of creation: Dec 2012
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