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Collaboration patterns in patent networks and their relationship with the transfer of technology: the case study of the CSIC patents


The aim of this article is to observe differences between research areas when it comes to establish collaboration ties with local, national or international partners. It also intends to determine in what extent the collaboration can influence the patent transfer. A collaboration network between CSIC researchers and their external collaborators was built. Several statistical tests were used to find significant differences between research areas. A multiple regression model was also utilized in order to know what type of collaboration is more successful to transfer a patent. The results show that there are two well defined groups. A “Bio” group with a high international collaboration pattern but less national participation; and a “Physicist” group supported by a high proportion of national partners but with few international connections. The regression analysis found that the national collaboration is the variable that most increase the patent transfer.

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Ortega, J.L. Collaboration patterns in patent networks and their relationship with the transfer of technology: the case study of the CSIC patents. Scientometrics 87, 657–666 (2011).

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  • Scientometrics
  • Multiple regression model
  • Patent licensing
  • Collaboration pattern
  • Research areas