Global Collaborative Patents

64 Pages Posted: 14 Feb 2017

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Sari Pekkala Kerr

Charles River Associates (CRA)

William Kerr

Harvard University - Entrepreneurial Management Unit

Date Written: January 13, 2017


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: O32, F02, F22, F23, F60, J15, O19, O3, O33, O34

Suggested Citation

Pekkala Kerr, Sari and Kerr, William R., Global Collaborative Patents (January 13, 2017). Bank of Finland Research Discussion Paper No. 3/2017. Available at SSRN:

Sari Pekkala Kerr (Contact Author)

Charles River Associates (CRA) ( email )

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William R. Kerr

Harvard University - Entrepreneurial Management Unit ( email )

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Morgan 270C
Boston, MA 02163
United States

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