Early patent disclosure and R&D investment in family firms

Hussinger, Katrin and Issah, Wunnam Basit ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0942-8228 (2024) Early patent disclosure and R&D investment in family firms. British Journal of Management, 35 (3). pp. 1580-1591. ISSN 1045-3172

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This paper shows that the American Inventor's Protection Act, which introduced the disclosure of patent applications after 18 months, that is, before a grant decision is taken and, hence, before it is known whether the respective technology will receive legal protection, is associated with a reduction of family firms’ research and development (R&D) investment. This suggests that early disclosure of patent applications is perceived as a threat to family firms’ innovation activity and discourages their R&D investment. This finding deserves our attention because family firms account for a large share of the US economy, and a reduction in their R&D investment can have long-term consequences.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Funding information: Open access funding enabled and organized by Projekt DEAL.
Uncontrolled Keywords: sdg 9 - industry, innovation, and infrastructure ,/dk/atira/pure/sustainabledevelopmentgoals/industry_innovation_and_infrastructure
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > Norwich Business School
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Strategy and Entrepreneurship
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2024 10:30
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2024 08:32
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/94662
DOI: 10.1111/1467-8551.12777


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