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An Exploration into the Determinants of Patent Activities. Some Empirical Evidence for Austria

Manfred Fischer, Josef Fröhlich and Helmut Gassler

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Abstract: The recent computerization of the Austrian Patent Office in the mid-1980s has made it possible now to analyse the patenting behaviour at the firm level over a certain time period. This makes patents an easily accessible, quantitative indicator of patented inventions and, more generally, a proxy for the early stages of the innovation process. This paper attempts to analyse patenting activities and their determinants in the Austrian manufacturing sector. The data used are at the firm level which are based on a merger of the information provided by two data sources: patent data provided by the Austrian Patent Office, and company data from the statistical information system of the Austrian Research Centre, Seibersdorf. A conceptual framework for analysing patenting behaviour is developed. By using a mixture of simple cross-tabulations and multivariate logit analysis, differences between establishments in patent application are identified.

Keywords: Austrian manufacturing industry; Patent behaviour; Size; sectoral and regional differences; Logit analysis (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D22 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 1992
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Published in Regional Studies 1.28(1994): pp. 1-12

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