The academic research system shows a significant increase in the generation of new patents, but the capacity to transfer these patents to firms interested in their economic exploitation is still limited. It is therefore interesting to investigate the factors affecting firms’ involvement in the academic research that could lead to patentable results. Drawing on data from a sample of 282 patents from academic inventors of seven Italian universities, this paper focuses on three possible drivers of university-industry collaboration: a) the quality of the research of academic inventors; b) the innovative capability of the industrial system in the Region where the university is located; c) the existence of a technology cluster in the university’s local context. Our results suggest that factors relating to the local industrial environment play a significant role in favoring the industry involvement in academic patents, while the quality of research does not turn into significantly affect firms’ decisions to collaborate with academic researchers.
|Translated title of the contribution||[Autom. eng. transl.] Collaboration between universities and industry: an investigation into patents co-generated in Italy|
|Number of pages||27|
|Publication status||Published - 2012|
- Technology transfer
- academic inventors
- regional industry