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Carsten Fink

World Intellectual Property Organization
Chemin des Colombettes 34
1211 Geneva
Switzerland

E-Mail: carsten.fink@wipo.int
Institutional Affiliation: World Intellectual Property Organization

NBER Working Papers and Publications

February 2018Intellectual Property Use in Middle Income Countries: The Case of Chile
with Bronwyn H. Hall, Christian Helmers: w24348
We analyze the use of intellectual property (IP) by firms in Chile over the decade 1995-2005 as the then middle-income country experienced rapid economic growth of 4.7 percent per year. We use a novel dataset that contains a combination of detailed firm-level information from the annual manufacturing census, information on firms’ innovative activities from Chile’s innovation surveys, and firms’ patent, industrial design, and trademark filings with the Chilean IP office. We use these data to look at how IP use by companies has changed over time and analyze the determinants of IP use, in particular first-time use. We find that sales growth prompts first-time use of patents and trademarks, though such use does not change the growth trajectory of firms nor does it improve their total factor pr...
 
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