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University Patenting in Germany before and after 2002: What Role Did the Professors' Privilege Play?

Sidonia von Ledebur (), Guido Buenstorf and Martin Hummel ()
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Sidonia von Ledebur: Philipps University Marburg
Martin Hummel: Friedrich Schiller University Jena, School of Economics and Business Administration

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No 2009-068, Jena Economics Research Papers from Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena

Abstract: We examine ownership patterns of German university-invented patents before and after the abolition of the "professors' privilege" in 2002 to explore how the legal change affected patenting activities. Our data show a shift from individually-owned and firm-owned patents to university-owned patents, which becomes increasingly strong over the years. Differences in the patent experience of inventors and universities further help explain the variance in ownership patterns. Both experienced and inexperienced inventors are affected by the legal change.

Keywords: university patenting; technology transfer; professors' privilege; Germany (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O33 O34 O38 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2009-08-12
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