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A Survey of Empirical Evidence on Patents and Innovation

Bhaven N. Sampat

NBER Working Paper No. 25383
Issued in December 2018
NBER Program(s):Productivity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship

This report surveys the empirical literature from economics and related fields on patents and innovation. In particular, it reviews and synthesizes the empirical evidence on patents and first-generation innovation, the disclosure function of patents, and patents and follow-on innovation. The main results are summarized in fifteen charts.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w25383

 
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