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The Journal of Technology Transfer

, Volume 36, Issue 6, pp 697–711

First Online: 11 February 2011


A substantial literature on nanotechnology innovation and commercial development has characterized several elements of these phenomena as constituting new developments in the US national innovation system. Among these elements are the asserted -post-academic- nature of US universities’ involvement with nanotechnology RandD, and federal funding of nanotechnology RandD on goals related to economic competitiveness. This paper challenges the -novelty- of these elements, while suggesting that other elements of nanotechnology RandD, including the extensive patenting of the results of nanotechnology-related research and the emphasis within many university-industry collaborations on patent-based channels for -technology transfer,- may indeed be new and raise questions for the long-term efficiency and innovative performance of nanotechnology-related RandD.

KeywordsNanotechnology National innovation system US RandD policy University-industry collaboration JEL ClassificationO3 O5  Download fulltext PDF

Autor: David C. Mowery


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