Academic patenting: The importance of industry support

Cornelia Lawson

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)509-535
Number of pages27
JournalThe Journal of Technology Transfer
Issue number4
Early online date27 Nov 2012
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2013


  • Academic patenting
  • Sponsored research
  • Technology transfer
  • University-industry collaboration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Accounting
  • Engineering(all)


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