Having examined and discussed literature findings about patents as economic assets and their potential role in financing instruments in Section 2 and Section 3 (pursuant to research objective I), the empirical body of the thesis follows. Literature findings show that leveraging patents financially is an emerging field. Neither the extent nor the factors that influence companies in leveraging patents financially have been studied in detail. The research design of this thesis is therefore of a descriptive and explorative nature. The aim of this thesis is to generate a comprehensive understanding of the actual relevance of leveraging patents financially and to explore factors that influence companies in leveraging patents financially across company size and industry clusters. Furthermore, this thesis statistically analyzes empirical findings about the influence factors and develops a set of hypotheses about the financial utilization of patents. To follow the research objectives, the empirical part is structured in three parts (as illustrated in Figure 11).
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