Last week we reported on a new a piece of research titled “The bright side of patents” which revealed the considerable benefits that start-ups can derive from US patent grants. Some of the results were remarkable, including significant advantages in raising VC funding, fuelling employment growth and turbocharging sales. The paper looked at 45,819 first-time patent applications by start-ups from 2001 that received a preliminary decision by 2009 and a final decision by the end of 2013.

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