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Academic inventions outside the university: investigating patent ownership in the UK

Lawson, Cornelia

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Cornelia Lawson cornelia.lawson@nottingham.ac.uk



Abstract

This paper investigates the ownership of academic patents for a sample of UK academics and challenges the existing definition of the university invention ownership model. The first descriptive results show that 50% of patents are owned by industry, however, 37% of these firm-assigned patents are in fact owned by university spin-offs. We investigate how university policy and funding acquisition impacts industry vs. university ownership, and find that funding from large firms predicts involvement in patenting and, to a lesser extent, firm ownership. University ownership of academic patents is more likely the higher the amount of funding coming from SMEs, and at universities that outsource the filing of patents. Spin-off patents occupy an intermediate position showing strong similarities to both firm and university patents.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Oct 1, 2013
Journal Industry and Innovation
Print ISSN 1366-2716
Electronic ISSN 1366-2716
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 20
Issue 5
APA6 Citation Lawson, C. (2013). Academic inventions outside the university: investigating patent ownership in the UK. Industry and Innovation, 20(5), https://doi.org/10.1080/13662716.2013.824191
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/13662716.2013.824191
Keywords Academic patenting; University-industry collaboration; Sponsored research; Academic entrepreneurship; Patent ownership
Publisher URL http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/tDrSiFu35u9kK9S3Tvbx/full
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Industry and Innovation on October 2013, available online: http://www.tandfonline....80/13662716.2013.824191

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