Patenting and the early-stage high-technology investor: evidence from the field

Julia Smith, Renzo Cordina

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We discuss the importance of patenting to the venture capital investor in high-technology firms. While literature suggests that patenting will have an impact on the nature and level of investment, the investors themselves are keen to suggest otherwise. We investigate this issue by the use of new primary-source empirical data, gathered by fieldwork methods. Our results help to explain a link between the existence of patenting and the level of investment made. We further support our analysis with illuminating quotes from investors currently active in the field.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)589-605
Number of pages17
JournalR&D Management
Issue number5
Early online date29 Oct 2014
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2015


  • patenting
  • venture capital
  • high-technology firms


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