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A universidade deve patentear as suas invenções?


  • Luciano Martins Costa Póvoa

    () (FACE-UFG, Ciências Econômicas)


This paper discusses the question: should universities patent their inventions or should not? The question is analyzed through the lens of the logic of the scientific production. It is also considered the critics pointed in the literature and presented and discussed the results of an original survey on technology transfer from universities and public labs to firms in Brazil. It is discussed the existence of a trade-off between the free access to new scientific knowledge and the agility of university’s inventions commercialization. It is argued that the question should be “how” should universities patent their inventions instead of “should or not”. From the society welfare point-of-view, universities should try licensing without exclusivity in order to assure that the invention reach the highest number of firms interested in the development of the invention. It would be desirable to concede research excuses for those interested in the use of university patents for scientific research purposes.

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  • Luciano Martins Costa Póvoa, 2009. "A universidade deve patentear as suas invenções?," Working papers - Textos para Discussao do Curso de Ciencias Economicas da UFG 005, Curso de Ciencias Economicas da Universidade Federal de Goias - FACE.
  • Handle: RePEc:ufb:wpaper:005

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    1. Ortiz Neto, José Benedito & Dalla Costa, Armando João, 2007. "A Petrobras e a exploração de petróleo offshore no Brasil: um approach evolucionário," Revista Brasileira de Economia, FGV/EPGE Escola Brasileira de Economia e Finanças, Getulio Vargas Foundation (Brazil), vol. 61(1), April.
    2. da Motta e Albuquerque, Eduardo, 2000. "Domestic patents and developing countries: arguments for their study and data from Brazil (1980-1995)," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 29(9), pages 1047-1060, December.
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    Patent; university; science;

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    • O30 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - General
    • O34 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Intellectual Property and Intellectual Capital

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