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Economic Focus Study on SMEs and Intellectual Property in Switzerland

abstract This research project contains the results of a study jointly commissioned by the Institute for Intellectual Property (IPI) to the Institute of Technology Management (ITEM) at the University of St. Gallen (HSG) and the Chair of Economics and Management of Innovation (CEMI) at the College of Management of Technology, École Polytéchnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL).
The purpose of this study is to analyse how, why, and to which extent Swiss small and medium enterprises (SMEs) use or do not use the intellectual property rights (IPR) measures the Swiss IP system offers, and to elaborate policy recommendations on the basis of these analyses.

The project report comprises six sections: A comprehensive literature review (chapter 2), an econometric analysis of the Swiss Innovation Survey conducted by the Konjunkturforschungsstelle at ETH Zurich (henceforth denominated ‘KOF data’) (chapter 3), an econometric analysis of a survey of SMEs conducted by IPI itself (chapter 4), an econometric analysis that matches the findings of the IPI study with external patent data (chapter 5), an integrative analysis that comments on the commonalities and differences of these analyses and explores them in greater detail by using additional qualitative analyses (chapter 6), and a final chapter that elaborates policy recommendations on the basis of these analyses (chapter 7).
At the beginning of each chapter, we provide an overview that summarises what this specific is analysing, and which shows how these analyses are connected to the other chapters. At the end of each chapter, a summary draws up the main findings of the respective chapter and shows how these findings relate to those from other chapters, and how they are used in conjunction with other findings.
   
keywords SME, small firms, intellectual property, patent, uncertainty, econometrics, analysis, statistical, policy
   
partner EPFL Lausanne
type applied research project
status completed
start of project 2008
end of project 2008
principal Institut für Geistiges Eigentum (IGE), Bern
additional informations
topics intellectual property, geistiges eigentum, management von geistigem eigentum in KMUs
methods econometric analysis, quantitative analysis, logit model, log-linear model, contingency table analysis, cluster analysis
contact Marcus Matthias Keupp