Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Working Paper Series in Economics and Institutions of Innovation,
Royal Institute of Technology, CESIS - Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies

No 178: Small Nordic Enterprises - developing IPR in global competition

Eric Iversen (), Iiro Mäkinen , Hans Lööf (), Dong-Hyun Oh , Svend Jespersen , Martin Junge and Jonas Bech
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Eric Iversen: NIFU STEP Studies in Innovation, Research and Education, Oslo, Norway
Iiro Mäkinen: ETLA, Research Institute of the Finnish Economy, Helsinki, Finland
Hans Lööf: CESIS - Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies, Royal Institute of Technology
Dong-Hyun Oh: CESIS - Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies, Royal Institute of Technology
Svend Jespersen: Centre for Economics and Business Research, CEBR, Copenhagen, Denmark
Martin Junge: Centre for Economics and Business Research, CEBR, Copenhagen, Denmark
Jonas Bech: Centre for Economics and Business Research, CEBR, Copenhagen, Denmark

Abstract: This paper presents the results of a pan-Nordic study to explore how small and medium-size enterprises use IPR. It is a pilot study that demonstrates a commonly developed approach designed to overcome the barriers that hinder study of IPR use by small firms. The pilot study focuses particularly on patenting, based on the common approach linking national business registries with patent applicants. This is the first cross-country project of its kind to develop and execute such an exercise. It applies available definitions and approaches to improve comparability in the Nordic area and with other efforts (such as the OECD patent name harmonization activity). The intention is to demonstrate how this cross-country approach can address the needs of policymakers in the Nordic countries for reliable and comparative information about IPR use among the smallest firms.

Keywords: SMEs; patenting; firm size

JEL-codes: F43; L26; M13; O31; O34

39 pages, April 18, 2009

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