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Basic statistics on the success rate and profits for independent inventors

Abstract : 1,095 responses were received from a telephone survey of independent inventors. The majority of inventors surveyed (89%) are male, and a plurality of their inventions are designed for consumer products (47%). Conditional on commercializing their invention, and at development costs about 1/8 of those in established firms, inventive efforts by independent inventors lead to gains virtually comparable to those of established firms. Their innovations survive for about as long as the average start-up. Gross profit margins are comparable to the pharmaceutical industry (29%). However, only a small fraction of inventions developed by independent inventors reach the market (6.5%). The probability of reaching the market is four to eight times less than for inventions developed by established firms. Why do only a fraction of inventions developed by independent inventors become commercialized when those that do commercialize are quite profitable and survive for as long as other start-ups? (Reprinted by permission of the publisher.)
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Thomas Astebro. Basic statistics on the success rate and profits for independent inventors. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Wiley, 1998, 23 (2), pp.41-48. ⟨hal-00480042⟩

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