Berkeley Law Survey Challenges Popular Beliefs About Hi-tech Startup Patents
The survey High Technology Entrepreneurs and the Patent System: Results of the 2008 Berkeley Patent Survey was conducted by the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law's Berkeley Center for Law & Technology. The research center surveyed chief executive and technology officers of more than 1,300 software, biotech, medical devices, and computer hardware startup firms founded within the past decade.
The survey results show that patents are more widespread among startups than has been previously reported, while the reasons for acquiring patents differ across industries. Patents are more common and more highly valued in biotechnology and medical device startups than in early-stage software and Internet firms.6/22/2010