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Is Canadian intellectual property leaving Canada? A study of nanotechnology patenting

Catherine Beaudry and Andrea Schiffauerova

Article (2011)

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Cite this document: Beaudry, C. & Schiffauerova, A. (2011). Is Canadian intellectual property leaving Canada? A study of nanotechnology patenting. The Journal of Technology Transfer, 36(6), p. 665-679. doi:10.1007/s10961-011-9211-1
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In this study we explore the patent ownership for the innovations created by Canadian nanotechnology inventors. We find that although there is a great innovative potential and inventive productivity among Canadian researchers, a lot of the intellectual property actually leaves the country: Around 50% of the nanotechnology patents invented by Canadian inventors are owned by foreign assignees. We also note the predominance of private companies among the patent owners. Almost one-third of all the Canadian-invented nanotechnology patents is assigned to a single American firm, Xerox Corporation. Furthermore, we explore the role of Canadian nanotechnology star inventors. The results show that the fruits of their great inventive productivity are collected outside Canada.

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Innovation, Cluster, Patents, Star scientists, Nanotechnology, Canada

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Subjects: 1600 Génie industriel > 1600 Génie industriel
Department: Département de mathématiques et de génie industriel
Research Center: CIRST - Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur la science et la technologie
Funders: CRSH
Grant number: 820-2006-0064
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2016 11:44
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2021 10:43
PolyPublie URL: https://publications.polymtl.ca/2303/
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Journal Title: The Journal of Technology Transfer (vol. 36, no. 6)
Publisher: Springer
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10961-011-9211-1


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