The Journal of Technology Transfer

, Volume 38, Issue 4, pp 509–535

Academic patenting: the importance of industry support


DOI: 10.1007/s10961-012-9266-7

Cite this article as:
Lawson, C. J Technol Transf (2013) 38: 509. doi:10.1007/s10961-012-9266-7


This paper provides evidence that university-industry collaboration is important for turning commercial opportunities into patents. The results suggest that researchers who receive a large share of research grants from industry have a higher propensity to file a patent. Small dissemination grants generally exert a positive effect, whether they come from industry or not. It also finds that these interactions do not increase the number of industry owned patents alone but benefit universities’ commercialisation efforts in general.


Academic patenting University-industry collaboration Technology transfer Sponsored research 

JEL Classifications

O31 O34 I23 

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Collegio Carlo AlbertoBRICKMoncalieri, TurinItaly
  2. 2.Department of Economics S. Cognetti de MartiisUniversity of TurinTurinItaly
  3. 3.Department of EconomicsCity University LondonLondonUK

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