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An Anatomy of U.S. Firms Seeking Trademark Registration

Emin M. Dinlersoz, Nathan Goldschlag, Amanda Myers, Nikolas Zolas

NBER Working Paper No. 25038
Issued in September 2018
NBER Program(s):Industrial Organization, Productivity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship

This paper reports on the construction of a new dataset that combines data on trademark applications and registrations from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office with data on firms from the U.S. Census Bureau. The resulting dataset allows tracking of various activity related to trademark use and protection over the life-cycle of firms, such as the first application for a trademark registration, the first use of a trademark, and the renewal, assignment, and cancellation of trademark registrations. Facts about firm-level trademark activity are documented, including the incidence and timing of trademark registration filings over the firm life-cycle and the connection between firm characteristics and trademark applications. We also explore the relation of trademark application filing to firm employment and revenue growth, and to firm innovative activity as measured by R&D and patents.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w25038

Forthcoming: An Anatomy of U.S. Firms Seeking Trademark Registration, Emin Dinlersoz, Nathan Goldschlag, Amanda Myers, Nikolas Zolas. in Measuring and Accounting for Innovation in the Twenty-First Century, Corrado, Haskel, Miranda, and Sichel. 2020

 
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