Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/111862
Authors: 
von Ledebur, Sidonia
Year of Publication: 
2009
Series/Report no.: 
Working Papers on Innovation and Space 02.09
Abstract: 
This paper analyses the development of universities' patent applications in Germany before and after the abolition of the 'professors' privilege' in 2002. By means of a database with all patent applications of German universities with professors among the inventors (1990-2006), systematic changes in the trend are investigated. There are contrasts in the patenting patterns of universities with or without long patenting experience. A structural break at the point of the new legislation is found only for universities without patent activities in the past. This indicates the importance of collecting patenting experience and that the amount of patents is path-dependent.
Subjects: 
university patenting
Germany
technology transfer
professors' privilege
JEL: 
O34
O38
L31
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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