Research

Here we provide a number of reports and research summaries related to SMEs and innovation. You will find additional materials in our research and publications sections.

Papers, briefs and publications


The SME Prophesee; its advanced neuromorphic vision system and patent strategy. Fernanda Donaire Passoni.

The SME Prophesee; its advanced neuromorphic vision system and patent strategy. Fernanda Donaire Passoni.

Founded in 2013, Prophesee is a start-up based in Paris which has created the most advanced neuromorphic vision system in the world. Inspired by human vision and built on the foundation of neuromorphic engineering, Prophesee is a revolutionary system that gives Metavision to machines, enabling them to react much more intelligently, autonomously, faster and safer than before. This short case study outlines Prophesee's patent strategy.

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Categories: Industry 4.0, Patent strategy, SMEs

Intellectual property rights in innovation management research: a review.

Intellectual property rights in innovation management research: a review.

The article aims to analyse the current research on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in the field of innovation management and spot the ongoing trends in this field. The analysis concerns, both in content and method, IPR-related articles published in 1970 – 2009 in the leading journals concerning innovation management.

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Categories: SMEs

Running ahead in the nanotechnology gold rush. Strategic patenting in emerging technologies.

Running ahead in the nanotechnology gold rush. Strategic patenting in emerging technologies.

The present paper aims to provide information on how patent scope varies over time and by type of applicants in the emerging phase of nanotechnology. Based on an analysis of 58.244 US patents, the authors conclude that the number of claims decreases over the subsequent phases of the technology life-cycle.

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Categories: SMEs

Why Do Start-Ups Patent? (2008)

Why Do Start-Ups Patent? (2008)

Patents generate great returns on the patented products by preventing others from making, using and selling those products. The patent system incentivises inventors to develop new technologies and promotes innovation considering that the inventions are made public. There is a number of different reasons why inventors or their employers file for patents. The objective of the authors is to examine the reasons why start-ups patent by reviewing the dominant theories, cataloguing common observations and examining existing empirical data.

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The moderating effect of intellectual property rights on relationship between innovation and company performance in manufacturing sector. (2019)

The moderating effect of intellectual property rights on relationship between innovation and company performance in manufacturing sector. (2019)

This paper aims to study the effects of Intellectual Property on the relationship between innovation capability and business performance in the manufacturing sector. The study was conducted using hypotheses and tests with survey data from small manufacturing businesses from Romania. Multi-item scales were tested with the statistical method of exploratory factor analysis, avoiding multi-collinearity or error variance correlation with each set of scale item using the principal axis with the varimax. The study has shown a positive outcome on patenting and new investment growth, access to new capital and to new knowledge.

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Categories: SMEs

Start-ups and Patent Trolls

Start-ups and Patent Trolls

This article estimates the impact of Patent Assertion Entities (PAE) on small companies based on an analysis of patent litigation data regarding the period 2006 – 2012. A non-random survey of 223 tech company start-ups was conducted (79 of which had received a demand from a PAE), as well as interviews with relevant stakeholders. The authors propose reforms and highlight methods that would help small companies dealing with PAEs.

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Patenting by Entrepreneurs: An Empirical Study (2010)

Patenting by Entrepreneurs: An Empirical Study (2010)

The University of California Berkeley School of Law held in 2018 the first extensive survey on the connection between patenting and entrepreneurship in the United States. The survey considered approximately 15,000 start-up and early-stage companies in the fields of biotechnology, medical device, information technology hardware, software and internet. This article aims to analyse the results of the survey, demystifying concepts and beliefs about start-up patenting.

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High Technology Entrepreneurs and the Patent System

High Technology Entrepreneurs and the Patent System

The present article offers a description and analysis of the 2008 Berkeley Patent Survey. The survey summarises the responses of 1,332 early-stage technology companies, including companies belonging to the biotechnology sector, founded since 1998 in the United States. The findings help inform the ongoing debate about how entrepreneurs use and are affected by the patent system.

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Market success for inventions - Patent Commercialisation Scoreboard: European SMEs (Key findings)

Market success for inventions - Patent Commercialisation Scoreboard: European SMEs (Key findings)

This European Patent Office study covers the ability of European small and medium-sized enterprises to bring inventions covered by European patents to market. The study shows that SMEs typically rely on European patents to protect high-potential inventions. Up to two thirds of these inventions are commercially exploited – around half exclusively by an SME itself and half with a partner, usually from another European country. European patents make this process much easier by providing protection in up to 44 different national markets. By analysing the patent commercialisation practices of European SMEs, the study offers policymakers valuable insights into the challenges facing these key players in European innovation ecosystems. The study is the first of a series of scoreboards dedicated to the market success of European patents. See the full report here: https://www.epo.org/service-support/publications.html#tab1

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Categories: Patent System and Patent Quality, SMEs

Patents fuel daring flying exploits - 4iP Council's latest case study

Patents fuel daring flying exploits - 4iP Council's latest case study

How French company Zapata took to the air

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Categories: SMEs