Early patent disclosure and R&D investment in family firms

Katrin Hussinger (Lead Author), Wunnam Basit Issah

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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.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBritish Journal of Management
Early online date13 Nov 2023
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 13 Nov 2023

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