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

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Paul H. Jensen

University of Melbourne - Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research

Elizabeth Webster

Swinburne University of Technology; University of Melbourne - Melbourne Institute: Applied Economic & Social Research

Date Written: August 1, 2004

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Jensen, Paul H. and Webster, Elizabeth M., Smes and Their Use of Intellectual Property Rights in Australia (August 1, 2004). Melbourne Institute Working Paper No. 17/04, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=625481 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.625481

Paul H. Jensen (Contact Author)

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Elizabeth M. Webster

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University of Melbourne - Melbourne Institute: Applied Economic & Social Research ( email )

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Parkville, Victoria 3010
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