Global Collaborative Patents

38 Pages Posted: 6 Jul 2018

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Sari Pekkala Kerr

Wellesley College (WCW)

William Kerr

Harvard University - Entrepreneurial Management Unit

Date Written: July 2018


We study the prevalence and traits of global collaborative patents for US public companies, where the inventor team is located both within and outside of the US. 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 US 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.

Suggested Citation

Kerr, Sari Pekkala and Kerr, William R., Global Collaborative Patents (July 2018). The Economic Journal, Vol. 128, Issue 612, pp. F235-F272, 2018. Available at SSRN: or

Sari Pekkala Kerr (Contact Author)

Wellesley College (WCW) ( email )

106 Central St.
Wellesley, MA 02181
United States

William R. Kerr

Harvard University - Entrepreneurial Management Unit ( email )

Soldiers Field Road
Morgan 270C
Boston, MA 02163
United States

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