Seminar  |  01/09/2019 | 12:00 PM  –  01:30 PM

Brown Bag Seminar: The Effects of the Introduction of Patent Rights on University Science

Katrin Hussinger (Université de Luxembourg)

Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, Munich, Room 313

We investigate the impact of the introduction of patent rights for software inventions in the U.S. on academic computer scientists’ publication output. Difference-in-difference estimations that compare U.S. academic computer scientists working on software to (1) U.S. academic scientists working on hardware and (2) European university scientists working on software reveals that the introduction of software patents in the U.S. led to a decrease of (citation-weighted) publications as compared to U.S. computer scientists working on hardware and as compared to the European peers. The effect is stronger for scientists at the left-hand side of the ability distribution. This pattern is consistent with a simple model of time allocation between patenting and publishing. (joint work with Laurent Bergé and Thorsten Doherr)

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