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Sustainability 2017, 9(3), 440; doi:10.3390/su9030440

Firms’ Negative Perceptions on Patents, Technology Management Strategies, and Subsequent Performance

Department of Information & Industrial Engineering, Yonsei University, 134 Shinchon-dong, Seoul 120-749, Korea
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Received: 17 January 2017 / Revised: 12 March 2017 / Accepted: 14 March 2017 / Published: 17 March 2017
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Abstract

While patents do have many advantages, their disadvantages include requiring disclosure of technical information and imposing the burden of patenting and litigation costs. In this study, we investigate the relationship between a firm’s negative perception on patents, technology management strategies, and subsequent performance. For this purpose, we use a categorical canonical correlation analysis of the top 200, large, R&D-intensive firms in Korea. We find that negative perceptions such as burdensome transaction costs, non-patenting culture, and uncertainty of the outcome of patent litigation are associated with firms’ technology management strategies, such as purchase of licenses, and subsequent performance, such as an increase in the number of inventions from the cross-fertilization of different technologies. The results of this study are expected to contribute to a better understanding of firms’ negative attitudes toward the effects of patents, their subsequent technology management strategies, and resulting performance. View Full-Text
Keywords: canonical correlation analysis; quantification method; R&D intensity; perception on patents; technology management strategy canonical correlation analysis; quantification method; R&D intensity; perception on patents; technology management strategy
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Han, E.J.; Sohn, S.Y. Firms’ Negative Perceptions on Patents, Technology Management Strategies, and Subsequent Performance. Sustainability 2017, 9, 440.

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