Determinants of Companies' Propensity to Patent

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Patricia Brandão Barbosa da Silva
Renata Silva-Mann
Cristiano Santos


What determines companies to file patents? To answer this question we present a systematic review, in which 22 empirical studies published in scientific periodicals were selected. Based on the descriptive analysis of these studies, a framework is proposed that brings together a set of explanatory variables that influence the propensity to patent in internal and external factors. The cumulative results of the reviewed articles suggest a positive correlation of firm size and R & D with the propensity to patent. A unanimous result among the articles is that the Industrial Sector in which the company is inserted has a significant influence on the propensity to patent. Regarding the variables Age, Collaboration Network and Competition, the results of the research were divergent, indicating a positive, negative or non-significant relationship. However, these determinants are still poorly understood due to the divergence of the research results.





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Brandão Barbosa da Silva, P., Silva-Mann, R., & Santos, C. (2019). Determinants of Companies’ Propensity to Patent. International Journal for Innovation Education and Research, 7(7), 213-226.
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Patricia Brandão Barbosa da Silva, Program of Postgraduate in Intellectual Property Science, Federal University of Sergipe, Brazil





Renata Silva-Mann, Department of Agronomic Engineering, Federal University of Sergipe, Brazil





Cristiano Santos, Campus Sertão, Federal University of Alagoas, Brazil






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