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Institutional Changes and the Commercialization of Academic Knowledge: A Study of Italian Universities' Patenting Activities between 1965 and 2002

31 Pages Posted: 9 May 2005  

Nicola Baldini

University of Bologna - Department of Management

Rosa Grimaldi

University of Bologna - Department of Management

Maurizio Sobrero

University of Bologna - Department of Management

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Abstract

We use patent applications and their extensions filed by Italian Universities between 1965 and 2002 to analyze their responses to institutional and organizational changes on IPRs regulations. Our results show that the number of patents, as well as foreign extensions or direct applications for foreign patents raised substantially with the level of autonomy granted to Universities. These growing patterns are reinforced by the adoption of internal IPR regulations, which also determined an increase in the number of sole-owned patents and a reduction of the number of co-inventors. Implications for technology transfer policies for Universities in Europe are discussed.

Keywords: University, Patents, Regulations, Technology Transfer, Organizational change

JEL Classification: O31, O34, O38

Suggested Citation

Baldini, Nicola and Grimaldi, Rosa and Sobrero, Maurizio, Institutional Changes and the Commercialization of Academic Knowledge: A Study of Italian Universities' Patenting Activities between 1965 and 2002. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=610447 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.610447

Nicola Baldini (Contact Author)

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Rosa Grimaldi

University of Bologna - Department of Management ( email )

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Bologna, Bologna 40126
Italy

Maurizio Sobrero

University of Bologna - Department of Management ( email )

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40126 Bologna, Bologna 40126
Italy
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