Do institutional investors still encourage patent-based innovation after the tech bubble period?

Hsiu yun Chang, Woan-lih Liang*, Yanzhi Wang

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Abstract

This paper reexamines the effect of institutional ownership on corporate patent-based innovation. Using an updated sample, we confirm that higher institutional ownership leads to more innovations, including more citations received by patents of a firm, and higher patent generality and originality. However, we find that the impact of institutional ownership on patent-based innovation greatly decreases after the tech bubble bursts and this lower support is driven by both transient and non-transient institutional investors. We do not find that institutional investors intentionally lower their support of patent-based innovation for improving this less efficient innovation. Our results support the contention that the exorbitant litigation cost of patents lowers the incentives for institutional investors to invest in patent-based innovation after 2000.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)149-164
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Empirical Finance
Volume51
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2019

Keywords

  • Innovation
  • Institutional ownership
  • Patent
  • Patent cost

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