Inventor Mobility and Knowledge Transmission in Nanotechnology

Marschke, Gerald. Science, Technology and Society Initiative, Nanoscience and Society Research Group. (2008) Inventor Mobility and Knowledge Transmission in Nanotechnology. In: Nanotechnology and Society: Emerging Opportunities and Challenges, October 3, 2008, Amherst, MA. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Using U.S. patent records in nanotechnology, we study the relationship between inventor mobility among firms and knowledge diffusion. We find evidence consistent with a story that, in one important nanotechnology subfield, when inventors move among firms they spread knowledge. In particular, we find that if we consider any two patents, A and B, where A and B are in the ``Chemicals, misc.'' subclass, A and B are assigned to different firms and where A is granted after B, patent A is more likely to cite patent B if the patent A firm employs an inventor who earlier worked for the patent B firm.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
InterNano Taxonomy: Social and Economic Impacts > Social Perspectives
Collections: Science Technology and Society's Nanotechnology and Society Workshops
Depositing User: Michelle Sagan Goncalves
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2009 17:42
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2009 18:38
URI: http://eprints.internano.org/id/eprint/35

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