On the Origins of the Worldwide Surge in Patenting: An Industry Perspective on the R&D-Patent Relationship

Bruno van Pottelsberghe, Université Libre de Bruxelles - Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management

This paper decomposes the R&D-patent relationship at the industry level to shed light on the sources of the worldwide surge in patent applications. The empirical analysis is based on a unique dataset that includes 5 patent indicators computed for 18 industries in 19 countries covering the period from 1987 to 2005. The analysis shows that variations in patent applications reflect not only variations in research productivity but also variations in the appropriability and filing strategies adopted by firms. The results also suggest that the patent explosion observed in several patent offices can be attributed to the greater globalization of intellectual property rights rather than to a surge in research productivity.

About the speaker
Bruno van Pottelsberghe is Dean of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (SBS-EM), at Université Libre de Bruxelles. He is Full-Time Professor and as holder of the Solvay S.A. Chair of Innovation, he teaches courses on the economics and management of innovation and intellectual property. During his academic career, Bruno van Pottelsberghe has been visiting researcher or professor at Columbia Business School (NYC), Hitotsubashi University (Tokyo), MITI Research Institute (Tokyo), Stellenbosch Business School, and Barcelona University. He is senior Fellow at the University of Sussex, School of Economics and Business.

Venue: A1.23 (TS53)

Date: 27 November 2013

Time: 12:00 - 13:00


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