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Are patents with multiple inventors from different countries a good indicator of international R&D collaboration? The case of ABB
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Project Innovations and Entrepreneurship. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1952-902X
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Project Innovations and Entrepreneurship. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
2010 (English)In: Research Policy, ISSN 0048-7333, E-ISSN 1873-7625, Vol. 39, 1321-1334 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Based on the critical case of ABB, this paper questions the relevance of using patents with multiple inventors from different countries (“cross-country patents”) as an indicator of international R&D collaboration. The study shows that less than half of ABB’s cross-country patents are the result of international R&D collaboration as described by one of the more inclusive definitions found in previous literature. Only a third of the patents are the result of joint R&D activities between different MNC subsidiaries or firms. We also discuss the implications of our study for the assignment of patents to countries based on inventor addresses.

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2010. Vol. 39, 1321-1334 p.
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patent data, R&D collaboration, cross-country patents
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-62574DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2010.08.002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-62574DiVA: diva2:373426
Available from: 2010-11-30 Created: 2010-11-30 Last updated: 2017-12-12

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