, Volume 99, Issue 2, pp 313–329 | Cite as

University-owned and university-invented patents: a network analysis on two Italian universities

  • Saveria Capellari
  • Domenico De Stefano


The paper presents results from social network analysis applied to data on patenting of academics inventors employed in two Italian universities (Trieste University and Udine university, both located in Friuli Venezia Giulia region). The aim is to compare the co-invention networks generated by the academic inventors, tenured by one of the two universities, in their patenting activity with several organisations—firms, public research organisations—and in their activity for patents owned by one of the two universities. Results show that, despite the structural similarity, non-marginal differences emerge in the interaction of the two forms of patenting across the two universities. Empirical evidence suggests new research questions related in particular to the role played by the differing university patenting strategies in shaping local networks.


Academic patenting Science-industry linkages Social network analysis Blockmodeling Brokerage 



This paper was financially supported by the project “Analisi statistica di dati relazionali: aspetti metodologici e applicazioni a reti di diffusione della conoscenza”, funded by the “Università degli Studi di Trieste - Finanziamento per Ricercatori di Ateneo2011″ and by the P.O.R. 2007/2013 FSE Project S.H.A.R.M. “Supporting Human Assets in Research and Mobility”, Azione 1.1, promoted by the “Consorzio per l’AREA di ricerca scientifica e tecnologica di Trieste”. We would like to thank the anonymous referees for their useful and valuable comments.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Economics, Business, Mathematics, and Statistics “Bruno de Finetti”University of TriesteTriesteItaly
  2. 2.Area Science ParkTriesteItaly

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