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The determinants of university patenting: Do incentives matter?

  • Tomás del Barrio-Castro

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    (University of the Balearic Islands)

  • José García-Quevedo

    ()

    (IEB, Universitat de Barcelona)

In recent years various studies have examined the factors that may explain academic patents. Existing analyses have also underlined the substantial differences to be found in European countries in the institutional framework that defines property rights for academic patents. The objective of this study is to contribute to the empirical literature on the factors explaining academic patents and to determine whether the incentives that universities offer researchers contribute towards explaining the differences in academic patenting activity. The results of the econometric analysis for the Spanish universities point towards the conclusion that the principal factor determining the patents is funding of R&D while royalty incentives to researchers do not appear to be significant.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2009
Date of revision: Nov 2009
Handle: RePEc:xrp:wpaper:xreap2009-14
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