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Do academic entrepreneurs patent their secrets?:an empirical investigation of patent rationales

By Sascha Walter, Arne Schmidt and Achim Walter


This study explores why academic entrepreneurs seek patents for their inventions before and after spin-off creation. Specifically, we examine (1) the relative impact of academic, business, and entrepreneurial rationales and (2) changes in patent propensity throughout the founding process. Findings based on 160 technology spin-offs combined with patent data show that some academic and business rationales, but also entrepreneurial rationales (technological uncertainty, tacit knowledge) affect patent propensity. Surprisingly, academic entrepreneurs with patents prior to founding patented less after founding. We discuss the implications of our results both in terms of contribution to the current literature and technology transfer policies

Year: 2011
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.lancs.ac.uk:62259
Provided by: Lancaster E-Prints

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