PhD defence of Christian Fisch on 1 December 2016

On Thursday 1 December 2016 Christian Fisch will defend his PhD thesis entitled 'Patents and trademarks: Motivations, antecedents, and value in industrialized and emerging markets'. Supervisors are Professor Enrico Pennings, Professor Roy Thurik (both from Erasmus School of Economics) and Professor Joern Block (Universität Trier) and co-supervisors are Professor Frank van Oort (Erasmus School of Economics), Professor Justin Jansen (Rotterdam School of Management) and Professor Martin Carree (Maastricht University).

Time and location

The PhD defence will take place in the Senate Hall of Erasmus University Rotterdam and will start at 15.30 hrs.

About 'Patents and trademarks: Motivations, antecedents, and value in industrialized and emerging markets'

Intellectual property rights (IPRs) play a very important role for innovations. They serve as a mechanism for innovators (e.g., individuals, companies, universities) to protect their intellectual property and enable the holder of the IPR to profit from the innovation. Patents and trademarks constitute the two most important and most frequently utilized IPRs. This thesis contains five empirical studies that address recent research gaps in research on patents and trademarks.

With regard to patents, this thesis focuses on patenting in China, which underwent a remarkable and explosive growth recently: Only 15 years ago, Chinese applicants filed 1.9% of the patents they filed in 2014. This is because China is trying to transition itself from an imitation-based to innovation-based economy. However, even though China is actively and prominently fostering innovation in trying to become a leading innovator, China is still far away from reaching the world’s innovation frontier. In light of this ongoing and still relatively unexplored phenomenon, this thesis addresses several important issues regarding the antecedents of patenting and the value of patents in China that are crucial, but have received little attention so far. In particular, this thesis addresses the more specific topics of university patenting, the impact of acquisitions on innovation performance, and patent value in China.

In contrast to research on patenting, research on trademarking is in comparatively early stages. Trademarks are a very important IPR for firms to distinguish themselves from competitors and have been linked positively to the market valuation, survival, and productivity of firms. However, little is known on why firms file trademarks, which is the focus of the final study in this thesis.

About Christian Fisch

Christian O. Fisch (1987) obtained his Master degree from Trier University (Germany) in 2012. He then started his PhD research at the department of Applied Economics Erasmus School of Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam under the supervision of professors Joern Block, Roy Thurik and Enrico Pennings. Simultaneously, he was a research associate at Trier University's Chaif or Management, held by Joern Block.

His research interests revolve around topics in the areas of innovation and entrepreneurship and focus on intellectual property rights. His research has been published in international conferences peer-reviewed hournals, for example, Research Policy, Journal of Technology Transfer, and Journal of Brand Management. He has presented his work at various international conferences including the 76th annual meeting of the Academy of Management in 2016. Christian Fisch is also currently a member of editorial review board of Small Business Economics.

In addition to his academic activities, Christan Fisch is a parttime entrepreneur: In 2015, he became the manager and co-founder of Block & Partner, a small consulting company specialized in providing consulting to SMEs on the topics of innovation and Strategy.

More information
For more information about this ceremony, please contact Ronald de Groot, Communication Officer of the Erasmus School of Economics phone +31 10 408 1762 or by e-mail