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Who benefits? An empirical analysis of Australian and US patent ownership

Moir, Hazel V J


Public choice theory provides a parsimonious explanation of changes in public policy, yet there is little systematic data available about the major beneficiaries of patent systems. This paper uses data from the US and Australia to identify those companies which own the largest number of patents from applications made between 1990 and 2001. In both countries the 100 companies owning the most patents own about one-third of all patents owned by organisations. Forty-six companies—many of them...[Show more]

CollectionsANU School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet)
Type: Working/Technical Paper


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