Smes and Their Use of Intellectual Property Rights in Australia
Melbourne Institute Working Paper No. 17/04
29 Pages Posted: 3 Dec 2004 Last revised: 20 Feb 2015
Date Written: August 1, 2004
There is a common, largely anecdotally-based belief that registered intellectual property is a less efficient form of protection for SME inventors compared with inventors from large firms. This paper discusses the reasons why SMEs may be disadvantaged in their use of intellectual property as opposed to more general disadvantages they may incur over the whole course of innovation. We estimate patent and trade mark rates per employee in Australia but do not find a significant difference between the large firm and SME sectors once industry effects are taken into account.
Keywords: Intellectual property rights, innovation, SMEs
JEL Classification: O31, O32, O34
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