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dc.contributor.authorGARCIA TORRES MIGUELen_GB
dc.contributor.authorFORAY Dominiqueen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2014-09-10T00:02:36Z-
dc.date.available2011-01-27en_GB
dc.date.available2014-09-10T00:02:36Z-
dc.date.created2010-12-14en_GB
dc.date.issued2010en_GB
dc.date.submitted2010-11-10en_GB
dc.identifier.isbn978-92-79-18872-5en_GB
dc.identifier.issn1831-872X / 1018-5593en_GB
dc.identifier.otherEUR 24325 EN/9en_GB
dc.identifier.otherOP LF-NH-24325-EN-Cen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://iri.jrc.ec.europa.eu/papers.htmen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC61689-
dc.description.abstractThe effect of a firm's size is analysed in relation with the probability of applying for a patent. We worked on the identification of a firm's minimum size, a threshold needed to formally protect an innovation by legal means. Below this minimum size the costs associated with protection are so high that firms prefer informal protection of their innovations. The literature concludes that as size increases so does the propensity to patent. This research finds similar results for pool regressions. In an attempt to understand the relationship between size and patent activity better, the population of firms is divided into two groups. On a first stage a firm was considered small if it had below 250 employees and large if it had more; a moving threshold was applied on a second stage. The results show that for some economies the minimum threshold needed for filing a patent is well below 250 employees.en_GB
dc.description.sponsorshipJRC.DDG.J.3-Knowledge for Growthen_GB
dc.format.mediumOnlineen_GB
dc.languageENGen_GB
dc.publisherPublications Office of the European Unionen_GB
dc.relation.ispartofseriesJRC61689en_GB
dc.titleWhat is Small? Small and Medium Enterprises Facing Patenting Activities - IPTS WORKING PAPER on CORPORATE R&D AND INNOVATION - No. 9/2010en_GB
dc.typeEUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reportsen_GB
dc.identifier.doi10.2791/50409en_GB
JRC Directorate:Growth and Innovation

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