To patent or not to patent? A survey of Italian inventors on motivations, incentives, and obstacles to university patenting

Nicola Baldini, Rosa Grimaldi, Maurizio Sobrero

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Abstract

This paper reports results from a survey of 208 Italian faculty members, inventors of university-owned patents, on their motivation to get involved in university patenting activities, the obstacles that they faced, and their suggestions to foster the commercialization of academic knowledge through patents. Findings show that respondents get involved in patenting activities to enhance their prestige and reputation, and look for new stimuli for their research; personal earnings do not represent a main incentive. University-level patent regulations reduce the obstacles perceived by inventors, as far as they signal universities' commitment to legitimate patenting activities. Implications for innovation policies are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)333-354
Number of pages22
JournalScientometrics
Volume70
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Library and Information Sciences

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