Patents and the Performance of Voluntary Standard Setting Organizations

25 Pages Posted: 21 Nov 2005

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Marc Rysman

Boston University - Department of Economics

Timothy Simcoe

Boston University - Questrom School of Business; NBER

Date Written: October 11, 2005

Abstract

This paper measures the technological significance of voluntary standard setting organizations (SSOs) by examining citations to patents disclosed in the standard setting process. We find that SSO patents are cited far more frequently than a set of control patents, and that SSO patents receive citations for a much longer period of time. Furthermore, we find a significant correlation between citation and the disclosure of a patent to an SSO, which may imply a marginal impact of disclosure. These results provide the first empirical look at patents disclosed to SSOs, and show that these organizations not only select important technologies, but may also play a role in establishing their significance.

Keywords: Patents, Performance, Technical Standards, Voluntary Standard-Setting Organizations

Suggested Citation

Rysman, Marc and Simcoe, Timothy S., Patents and the Performance of Voluntary Standard Setting Organizations (October 11, 2005). NET Institute Working Paper No. 05-22. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=851245 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.851245

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