A Survey of Empirical Evidence on Patents and Innovation
42 Pages Posted: 26 Dec 2018 Last revised: 10 May 2021
Date Written: December 2018
This report surveys the empirical literature from economics and related fields on patents and innovation. In particular, it reviews and synthesizes the empirical evidence on patents and first-generation innovation, the disclosure function of patents, and patents and follow-on innovation. The main results are summarized in fifteen charts.
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