Why Did Corporations Patent in Spain? Several Historical Inquiries

UAM Working Papers in Economic History, nº 02/2010, ISSN: 1885-6888

30 Pages Posted: 12 Dec 2019 Last revised: 28 Jun 2021

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Patricio Sáiz

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

Date Written: 2010

Abstract

This paper explores how international corporations used the Spanish patent system in the late nineteenth century and the first decades of the twentieth century in order to discover what the actual effects of its apparent weakness were. The research clarifies the origins and evolution of corporate patenting in Spain, the effects of compulsory working clauses, the management of assignments, the various strategies followed by firms, and the effects of patents on technology transfer to the Spanish economy. The conclusions yields understanding on real patent management over the long-term by analyzing the strategies of Brown Boveri and Babcock Wilcox corporations in Spain.

Keywords: Multinationals, Spanish Innovation System, Patents, Technology Transfer

JEL Classification: N43, N44, N73, N74, O31, O32, O34, O52

Suggested Citation

Sáiz, Patricio, Why Did Corporations Patent in Spain? Several Historical Inquiries (2010). UAM Working Papers in Economic History, nº 02/2010, ISSN: 1885-6888, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3495911 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3495911

Patricio Sáiz (Contact Author)

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid ( email )

Campus Cantoblanco
Madrid, Madrid 28049
Spain

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