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


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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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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High-growth firms and intellectual property rights. IPR profile of high-potential SMEs in Europe, May 2019

High-growth firms and intellectual property rights. IPR profile of high-potential SMEs in Europe, May 2019

This study assesses whether SMEs that make more frequent use of IPRs are more likely to become high-growth firms (HGF). It also examines the particular ways in which HGFs shape their IPR strategies prior to experiencing high growth.

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‚Äč4 Reasons to Patent - NEW interactive guide for SMEs launched today

New interactive guide to help European SMEs unlock all the value of patents

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Categories: Infographics, IP management, SMEs

SME Patent Strategies for IoT-Based Business Models

SME Patent Strategies for IoT-Based Business Models

Hector Axel Contreras Alvarez LL.M.

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Categories: Business models, Cyber-physical systems, Industry 4.0, Internet of things (IoT), IP management, Patent strategy

4 Reasons to Patent

Interactive guide to help European SMEs unlock all the value of patents.

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