Inventors and Invention Processes in Europe: Results from the PatVal-EU Survey

Paola Giuri, Myriam Mariani, Stefano Brusoni, Gustavo Crespi, Dominique Francoz, Alfonso Gambardella, Walter Garcia-Fontes, Aldo Geuna, Raul Gonzales, Dietmar Harhoff, Karin Hoisl, Christian Le Bas, Alessandra Luzzi, Laura Magazzini, Lionel Nesta, Önder Nomaler, Neus Palomeras, Pari Patel, Marzia Romanelli, Bart Verspagen

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Based on a survey of the inventors of 9017 European patented inventions, this paper provides new information about the characteristics of European inventors, the sources of their knowledge, the importance of formal and informal collaborations, the motivations to invent, and the actual use and economic value of the patents.
Original languageEnglish
JournalResearch Policy
Issue number8
Pages (from-to)1107-1127
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Patent
  • Inventor
  • Collaboration
  • Licensing
  • Invention Process

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