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A Policy Insight into the R&D-Patent Relationship


Gaétan De Rassenfosse


Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Bruno Van Pottelsberghe de la Potterie


Free University of Brussels - Solvay Business School; Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) - Department of Applied Economics (DULBEA); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

January 1, 2009

Research Policy, Vol. 38, No. 5, 2009

Abstract:     
Contrary to an accepted wisdom, this paper shows that cross-country variations in the number of patents per researcher do not only reflect differences in the propensity to patent but also signals differences in research productivity. We put forward and test an empirical model that formally accounts for the productivity and the propensity component of the R&D-patent relationship. The two components play an important role, as witnessed by the impact of several policies, including education, intellectual property and science and technology policies. Indicators based on domestic priority filings reflect research efforts and are primarily affected by varying propensities to patent. In contrast, international filings, especially triadic patents, rather capture variations in research productivity.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 39

Keywords: Patstat, R&D, patent system, priority filing, propensity to patent, research productivity, triadic

JEL Classification: O30, O38

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Date posted: December 18, 2010  

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de Rassenfosse, Gaétan and van Pottelsberghe de la Potterie, Bruno, A Policy Insight into the R&D-Patent Relationship (January 1, 2009). Research Policy, Vol. 38, No. 5, 2009. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1726209 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1726209

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Gaétan De Rassenfosse (Contact Author)
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne ( email )
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Bruno Van Pottelsberghe de la Potterie
Free University of Brussels - Solvay Business School
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Belgium
Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) - Department of Applied Economics (DULBEA) ( email )
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Belgium
Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)
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London, EC1V 3PZ
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