University patenting and its effects on academic research: the emerging European evidence

Geuna, Aldo and Nesta, Lionel J J (2006) University patenting and its effects on academic research: the emerging European evidence. Research Policy, 35 (6). pp. 790-807. ISSN 0048-7333

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This paper surveys the existing fragmentary data on the growth of university-owned patents and university-invented patents in Europe. We find evidence that university patenting is growing, but this phenomenon remains heterogeneous across countries and disciplines. We found some evidence that university licensing is not profitable for most universities, although some do succeed in attracting substantial additional revenues. This might be due to the fact that patents and publications tend to go hand in hand. In a dynamic setting however, we fear that the increase in university patenting exacerbates differences across universities in terms of financial resources and research outcome.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The paper is part of the author's broad research programme on S&T and the behaviour and organisation of the university. This paper focuses on the supposed crowding-out effect of increased university-owned patents (or the much larger number of university-invented patents) on publications. The outcomes are in fact highly skewed. Dr Geuna's contribution to the final paper amounted to 60%, including all of sections 2-3 and half of section 5.
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Depositing User: Aldo Geuna
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 18:30
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2012 14:53
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