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Why Did Corporations Patent in Spain? Some Historical Inquiries

Patricio Saiz ()
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Patricio Saiz: Departamento de Análisis Económico (Teoría e Historia Económica). Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

No 2010/02, Working Papers in Economic History from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain), Department of Economic Analysis (Economic Theory and Economic History)

Abstract: In this paper we will explore how international corporations used the Spanish patent system in the late nineteenth century and the first decades of the twentieth century in order to discover what the actual effects of its apparent weakness were. The origins and evolution of corporate patenting in Spain, the effects of compulsory working clauses, the management of assignments, the various strategies followed by the firms, and the effects of patents on technology transfer to the Spanish economy will be clarified. The conclusions yields understanding on real patent management in the long-term by analyzing the strategies of Brown Boveri and Babcock Wilcox corporations in Spain.

Keywords: Patents of introduction; National innovation system; Spain; Technology transfer. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: N43 N44 N73 N74 O31 O32 O34 O52 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-his, nep-ino, nep-ipr and nep-pr~
Date: 2010-06
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