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|dc.description.abstract||We 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.publisher|||aMax Planck Inst. for Research on Collective Goods |cBonn||en_US|
|dc.relation.ispartofseries|||aPreprints of the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods |x2009,26||en_US|
|dc.title||The transfer of patents in Imperial Germany||en_US|
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