Global Collaborative Patents

62 Pages Posted: 19 Dec 2016

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Sari Pekkala Kerr

Wellesley College

William Kerr

Harvard University - Entrepreneurial Management Unit

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Date Written: November 16, 2016


We study the prevalence and traits of global collaborative patents for U.S. public companies, where the inventor team is located both within and outside of the United States. Collaborative patents are frequently observed when a corporation is entering into a new foreign region for innovative work, especially in settings where intellectual property protection is weak. We also connect collaborative patents to the ethnic composition of the firm’s U.S. inventors and cross-border mobility of inventors within the firm. The inventor team composition has important consequences for how the new knowledge is exploited within and outside of the firm.

Keywords: patents, innovation, research and development, ethnic networks, migration, diasporas, foreign direct investment, technology transfer, globalization, mobility

JEL Classification: O320, F020, F220, F230, F600, J150, O190, O310, O330, O340

Suggested Citation

Kerr, Sari Pekkala and Kerr, William R., Global Collaborative Patents (November 16, 2016). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 6183. Available at SSRN:

Sari Pekkala Kerr

Wellesley College ( email )

William R. Kerr (Contact Author)

Harvard University - Entrepreneurial Management Unit ( email )

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