Global Collaborative Patents
We study the prevalence and traits of global collaborative patents for U.S. public companies, where the inventor team is located both within and outside of the United States. Collaborative patents are frequently observed when a corporation is entering into a new foreign region for innovative work, especially in settings where intellectual property protection is weak. We also connect collaborative patents to the ethnic composition of the firm's U.S. inventors and cross-border mobility of inventors within the firm. The inventor team composition has important consequences for how the new knowledge is exploited within and outside of the firm.
Comments are appreciated and can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. We thank seminar participants and two anonymous referees for very helpful comments. This research is generously supported by the Alfred Sloan Foundation, the Kauffman Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and Harvard Business School. William Kerr is a Research Associate of the Bank of Finland and thanks the Bank for hosting him during a portion of this project. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Sari Pekkala Kerr & William R. Kerr, 2018. "Global Collaborative Patents," The Economic Journal, vol 128(612), pages F235-F272. citation courtesy of