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dc.contributor.authorBurhop, Carstenen_US
dc.description.abstractWe describe the transfer of patents in late 19th- and early 20th- century Germany using a new and comprehensive database containing information on about 20,000 transactions. The number of transactions shows an upward trend, in total numbers and as a share of patents in force. In total, about eight percent of patents were transferred at least once during their existence. Many transactions involved the transfer of patents with an above-average quality from individual inventors to firms and to newly-created - entrepreneurial - firms. In addition, valuable patents were transferred between firms. About two-thirds of all transfers occurred during the first three years of a patents' existence, giving the new owner potentially a long period of patent protection.en_US
dc.publisherMax Planck Inst. for Research on Collective Goods Bonnen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesPreprints of the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods 2009,26en_US
dc.subject.keywordEconomic Historyen_US
dc.subject.keywordTechnology transferen_US
dc.titleThe transfer of patents in Imperial Germanyen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
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