Patent Disclosure: Evidence from the PatVal Surveys

Authors: Dietmar Harhoff (Max-Planck Institute)

This presentation will focus on the relationship among different types of information inputs (including patent documents) in the generation of follow-on patented invention, and information characteristics associated with differential impact, in terms of citations and value, of European patents. It will include key figures concerning the research inputs (such as the characteristics of the inventors, the motivations to innovate, the characteristics of the innovation process), and the innovative performance of entities in six different European countries (i.e. the value of the innovations produced by European inventors).The data on which the presentation is based are drawn from a survey of a large sample of inventors of EPO patent applications. The survey was carried out under the PatVal-EU projects I and II sponsored by the European Commission. Findings will be discussed.

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