Which IP Strategies Do Young Highly Innovative Firms Choose

Reinhilde Veugelers, Cédric Schneider

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This paper describes and analyzes the strategies of young highly innovative companies to appropriate the returns from their innovations. Upon controlling for other firm and industry characteristics, we show that firms combining a young age and small scale with a high R&D intensive profile are more likely to use intellectual property (IP), specifically combining formal and informal appropriation mechanisms. They are especially more likely to choose secrecy in combination with formal IP. This holds primarily when they introduce more radical innovations new to the market.
Original languageEnglish
JournalSmall Business Economics
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)113-129
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2018


  • Young innovative companies
  • Appropriability
  • Patents

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