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What patent data reveals about universities: the case of Belgium

  • Bruno Van Pottelsberghe
  • Sabrina Saragossi

In recent years, there has been a surge in patenting by Belgian universities. It appears that this increase can be attributed to growth of biotechnology, where there is a greater propensity to patent, to a desire on the part of universities to enhance commercialization through technology transfer offices (TTOs), and to effective collaboration between universities and government-sponsored research centers. Our qualitative analysis reveals that patent statistics could be a misleading indicator of an individual university's "technological productivity," since many inventions are developed at universities, yet applied by other institutions. Copyright 2003 by Kluwer Academic Publishers

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Paper provided by ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles in its series ULB Institutional Repository with number 2013/6211.

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Date of creation: 2003
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Publication status: Published in: Journal of Technology Transfer (2003) v.28 n° 1,p.47-51
Handle: RePEc:ulb:ulbeco:2013/6211
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