Patent arms races
In the previous chapters, I analyzed patent filing strategies as well as the factors that bring industrial firms to implement such strategies. My major methods were patent data analysis and a large scale survey of inventors. In this final study I apply an additional method, namely case study research. I portray the German printing machines industry. This industry has seen drastic patent strategy changes of its incumbent firms over the last years. It therefore constitutes an excellent setting for a detailed analysis of triggers and effects of patent strategy changes.
KeywordsTrade Fair Patent Application European Patent Printing Machine Focal Firm
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