Origins of the Worldwide Surge in Patents

  • DATE / TIME:
    2013•11•27    12:00 - 13:00

    METEOR/UNU-MERIT joint seminar: “On the Origins of the Worldwide Surge in Patenting: An Industry Perspective on the R&D-Patent Relationship”

    In this seminar, Prof. Bruno van Pottelsberghe (Université Libre de Bruxelles) will discuss the R&D–patent relationship at the industry level to shed light on the sources of the worldwide surge in patent applications. It will cover empirical analysis is based on a dataset that includes 5 patent indicators computed for 18 industries in 19 countries, covering the period 1987–2005.

    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.

    For more information, see the Calendar of upcoming events on the UNU-MERIT website.

    About the speaker

    Bruno van Pottelsberghe is Dean of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management at Université Libre de Bruxelles. He is full-time Professor and, as holder of the Solvay S.A. Chair of Innovation, teaches courses on the economics and management of innovation and intellectual property.