Heterogeneity of patenting activity and its implications for scientific research

Dirk Czarnitzki, Wolfgang Glänzel, Katrin Hussinger

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The increasing commercialization of university discoveries has initiated a controversy on the impact for scientific research. It has been argued that an increasing orientation towards commercialization may have a negative impact on more fundamental research efforts in science. Several scholars have therefore analyzed the relationship between publication and patenting activity of university researchers, and most articles report positive correlations between patenting and publishing activities of scientists. However, previous studies do not account for heterogeneity of patenting activities. This paper explores the incidence of patenting and publishing of scientists distinguishing between corporate patents and patents assigned to non-profit organizations for a large sample of professors active in Germany. While patents assigned to non-profit organizations (incl. individual ownership of the professors themselves) complement publication quantity and quality, patents assigned to corporations are negatively related to quantity and quality of publication output.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-34
Number of pages9
JournalResearch Policy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2009



  • Academic inventors
  • Entrepreneurial universities
  • Industry-science linkages
  • Patents
  • Technology transfer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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