Literature/202405081156 impact of patent-first research approach

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There is some anecdotal information regarding the impacts of patents on the behavior of researchers, but proper analysis is mostly lacking.

If patents create an anti-commons over knowledge, it should be possible to observe that papers associated with patents receive fewer citations than papers without patents. In such pairs, it has been observed, indeed, that papers with a patent lower the number of citations by 9% to 17% after the patent has been granted (all the papers were in biotechnology).

Also, a research done by AAAS found that 40% of researchers that were pursuing patenting of their research experienced delays in the dissemination of their work.


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