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Measurement of innovation activities in the knowledge-intensive services industry: A trademark approach

: Gotsch, Matthias; Hipp, Christiane


The service industries journal 32 (2012), No.13, pp.2167-2184
ISSN: 0264-2069
Journal Article
Fraunhofer ISI ()
service innovation; knowledge intensive services; KIBS; trademark; innovation indicator

Innovation measurement in the knowledge-intensive services (KIS) industry is very complex, due to a lack of adequate innovation indicators. A rather new empirical approach involves the analysis of trademarks for the measurement. This paper aims to explore the use and relevance of trademarks for service firms. Data from the German section of the "Community Innovation Survey" are used, and a survey with 278 participating firms is conducted. The results of the two independent empirical studies demonstrate that a trademark can be used as an innovation indicator, at least for knowledge-intensive business services (KIBS) and product innovations. The results also illustrate which firm-inside and environmental features explain the use of trademarks as an intellectual property protection measure.