The Journal of Technology Transfer

, Volume 34, Issue 6, pp 603–620 | Cite as

Technology transfer offices and university patenting in Sweden and Germany

  • Mark O. SellenthinEmail author


This paper analyses the factors that impact on the decision of researchers to patent their research results. Particular emphasis is put on the role of technology transfer offices. It builds on a survey of university professors in Sweden and Germany. The regression results show that researchers that received support from the public infrastructure and researchers that have experience with the patenting system—through own previous patents or joint patent applications with firms—are much more likely to apply for patents.


TTO University patents Patent rights regimes Technology transfer 

JEL Classification

I23 O31 O57 



Comments from the editor as well as two anonymous referees are gratefully acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Industrial Economics and International ManagementCentre for European Economic Research (ZEW)MannheimGermany

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