nep-ipr New Economics Papers
on Intellectual Property Rights
Issue of 2014‒03‒30
three papers chosen by
Giovanni Ramello
Universita' del Piemonte Orientale Amedeo Avogadro

  1. Academic Patenting in Belgium:Methodology and Evidence. By Malwina Mejer
  2. Globalization of Innovation Production: A Patent-Based Industry Analysis By Jérôme Danguy
  3. We all do it, but are we willing to admit? Incentivizing digital pirates' confessions By Anna Kukla-Gryz; Michał Krawczyk; Konrad Siwiński; Joanna Tyrowicz

  1. By: Malwina Mejer
    Abstract: Universities are increasingly being called upon to contribute to economic development and competitiveness. This Study aims to assess contribution of academic scientists working at universities located in the French-speaking Community of Belgium to patented technology. Matching names of academic scientists to inventors listed on patent applications filed at the EPO between 1994-2007, we find that 9-12% of academics working in science are inventors, among them 23% are woman. Academic scientists are listed as inventors on 6.5% of the EPO patent applications filed by résidents of the French-speaking Community of Belgium. Universities are applicants on only 33.3% of patents invented by their scientists but this share has increased significantly in recent years. These results are then compared with similar trends in other European countries and in the United States.
    Keywords: academic patenting, universities, Europe, matching
  2. By: Jérôme Danguy
    Abstract: Using patent-based indicators, this paper aims at explaining to what extent the productionof innovation is globalized. Firstly, it provides evidence – over time, across countriesand across industrial sectors – on the patterns in international technological collaborationand in cross-border ownership of innovation. Secondly, a fractional logit model is estimatedfor a unique panel dataset covering patent information of 21 industries in 29 countries from1980 to 2005. The results show that countries tend to be more globalized in industrial sectorsin which they are less technologically specialized. It suggests that globalization of innovationis more driven by home-base augmenting determinants than home-base exploitingones. The empirical findings also indicate that the intensity of globalization of innovationis higher in multidisciplinary country-industry pairs and in those which compete internationallyin trade.
    Keywords: internationalization, R&D collaboration, patent statistics, industrial sectors
    Date: 2014–02–23
  3. By: Anna Kukla-Gryz (Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw); Michał Krawczyk (Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw); Konrad Siwiński (Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw); Joanna Tyrowicz (Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw)
    Abstract: In this study we try to assess the prevalence of illicit downloading in the market of audio books and the willingness to admit to such practices. We compare the Bayesian Truth Serum (Prelec, 2004) treatment in which truthful responses and precise estimates are rewarded to the control treatment with a flat participation fee. We find a sizable treatment effect - incentivized “pirates” admit approximately 60% more often than the non-incentivized ones.
    Keywords: illegal download, digital piracy, Bayesian Truth Serum, wages
    JEL: A13 C93 D12
    Date: 2014

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