Determinants of licensing activities of local public technology centers in Japan

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Local public technology centers are publicly managed institutions that facilitate technology transfer to small local firms. As well as providing small local firms with various technological services, local public technology centers conduct their own research and patent inventions. This study examines factors facilitating licensing activities and finds that the determinants vary according to the phase of technology transfer. Employing more Ph.D. scientists tends to promote the licensing of patents, while organizational efforts that encourage scientists to better understand the technological needs of small local firms tend to increase royalty revenue. The theoretical and practical implications of the results are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)885-892
Number of pages8
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Dec


  • Innovation
  • License
  • Patents
  • Regional innovation system
  • Technology transfer


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