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THE FATE OF PATENTS: AN EXPLORATORY ANALYSIS OF PATENTS AS IPO SIGNALS OF REPUTATIONAL ADVANTAGE

Nada Basir (), Mehdi Beyhaghi () and Ali Mohammadi ()
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Nada Basir: Schulich School of Business, York University., Postal: 4700 Keele Street, Toronto ON, M3J 1P3, , Canada
Mehdi Beyhaghi: College of Business, University of Texas at San Antonio, Postal: One UTSA Circle, San Antonio, , TX 78249-0631,

No 348, Working Paper Series in Economics and Institutions of Innovation from Royal Institute of Technology, CESIS - Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies

Abstract: Drawing on the reputation literature and signaling theory, this article builds on work that looks at patents as reputation signals. We build a multi-industry database of patents that expire due to lack of maintenance fee payments and test for a relationship between these patents and the firm’s IPO date. We find a significant and positive relationship between the likelihood of patents expiring due to lack of maintenance fee payments and the time to IPO. We also find that patents associated with firms which are not venture capital backed, are more likely to expire. Our findings suggest that patents that are used for signaling intentions are more likely to be underutilized. Implications for research and policy are discussed.

Keywords: Patents; reputation signal; innovation; IPO; intellectual property (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O30 O34 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 43 pages
Date: 2014-03-12
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