Publications in academic journals
Steinbeis-Transferzentrum für Technologie- und IP-Management




Management of IP in Mittelstand firms and start-ups

  • Castaldi, C., Block, J., Flikkema, M. J. (2020). Editorial: why and when do firms trademark? Bridging perspectives from industrial organisation, innovation and entrepreneurship. Industry and Innovation. 27(1-2): 1-10.
    (article - open access)
  • De Vries, G., Pennings, E., Block, J., Fisch, C. (2017). Trademark or patent? The effects of market concentration, customer type, and venture capital financing on start-ups’ initial IP applications. Industry and Innovation. 24(4): 325-345.
    (article)
  • Block, J., Fisch, C., Hahn, A., Sandner, P. (2015). Why do SMEs file trademarks? Insights from firms in innovative industries. Research Policy. 44(10): 1915-1930.
    (article)
  • Jell, F., Block, J., Henkel, J., Spiegel, F., Zischka, H. (2015). Cross-functional patent management in family firms. Journal of Business Economics / Zeitschrift für Betriebswirtschaft. 85(2): 181-203.
    (article)

Innovation in Mittelstand firms

  • Block, J., Hansen, C., Steinmetz, H. (2023). Are family firms doing more innovation output with less innovation input? A replication and extension. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. 47(4): 1496-1520.
    (article)
  • Doluca, H., Wagner, M., Block, J. (2018). Sustainability and environmental behaviour in family firms: a longitudinal analysis of environmentally-related activities, innovation and performance. Business Strategy and the Environment. 27(1): 152-172.
    (article)
  • Block, J., Miller, D., Jaskiewicz, P., Spiegel, F. (2013). Economic and technological importance of innovations in large family and founder firms: an analysis of patent data. Family Business Review. 26(2): 180-199.
    (article)
  • Block, J., Thurik, R., Zhou, H. (2013). What turns knowledge into innovative products? The role of entrepreneurship and knowledge spillovers. Journal of Evolutionary Economics. 23(4): 693-718.
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  • Block, J. (2012). R&D investments in family and founder firms: an agency perspective. Journal of Business Venturing. 27(2): 248-265.
    (article)


Patents, trademarks and regional innovation

  • Block, J., Fisch, C., Ikeuchi, K., Kato, M. (2022). Trademarks as an indicator of regional innovation: Evidence from Japanese prefectures. Regional Studies. 56(2): 190-209.
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  • Block, J., Spiegel, F. (2013). Family firm density and regional innovation output: an exploratory analysis. Journal of Family Business Strategy. 4(4): 270-280.
    (article)

Patents from universities

  • Fisch, C., Block, J., Sandner, P. (2016). Chinese university patents: Quantity, quality, and the role of subsidy programs. Journal of Technology Transfer. 41(1): 60-84.
    (article)
  • Fisch, C., Hassel, T., Sandner, P., Block, J. (2015). University patenting: A comparison of 300 leading universities worldwide. Journal of Technology Transfer. 40(2): 318-345.
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The role of IP in start-up financing
  • Fisch, C., Meoli, M., Vismara, S., Block, J. (2022). The effect of trademark breadth on IPO valuation and post-IPO performance: an empirical investigation of 1,510 European IPOs. Journal of Business Venturing. 37(5): Article 106237.
    (article)
  • Zhou, H., Sandner, P., Martinelli, L., Block, J. (2016). Patents, trademarks, and their complementarity in venture capital funding. Technovation. 47: 14-22.
    (article)
  • Block, J., De Vries, G., Schumann, J., Sandner, P. (2014). Trademarks and venture capital valuation. Journal of Business Venturing. 29(4): 453-484.
    (article)

Hidden Champions, Mittelstand firms, and family firms

  • Lorenzen, S., Gerken, M., Steinmetz, H., Block, J., Hülsbeck, M., Lux, F. S. (in press). Environmental sustainability of family firms: a meta-analysis of handprint and footprint. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice.
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  • Benz, L., Block, J., Johann, M. (in press). Hidden Champions as a determinant of regional development: an analysis of German districts. Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsgeographie (The German Journal of Economic Geography).
    (article)
  • Block, J. H., Sharma, P., & Benz, L. (in press). Stakeholder pressures and decarbonization strategies in Mittelstand firms. Journal of Business Ethics.
    (article - open access)
  • Johann, M., Block, J. H., Benz, L. (2022). Financial performance of Hidden Champions: Evidence from German manufacturing firms. Small Business Economics. 59: 873-892.
    (article - open access)


Valuation of patents and trademarks

  • Block, J., Fisch, C, Sandner, P. (2014). Trademark families: characteristics and market values. Journal of Brand Management. 21(2): 150-170.
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  • Sandner, P., Block, J. (2011). The market value of R&D, patents and trademarks. Research Policy. 40(7): 969-985.
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Green patents and trademarks

  • Hirschmann, M., Block, J. (2022). Trademarks and how they relate to the sustainability and economic outcomes of social startups. Journal of Cleaner Production. 376: Article 134320.
    (article)



Patenting system and patent search

  • Lampe, H. W. (2023). Crowdsourcing in patent examination: overcoming patent examiners' local search bias. R&D Management, 53(5), 764-777.
    (article)

CleanTech and impact investments

  • Block, J., Benz, L., Krämer-Eis, H., Botsari, A., Lang, F., Mandys, F. (in press). Climate issues in portfolio investment decisions: a comparison of private equity and venture capital. Venture Capital–an International Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance.
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  • Hirschmann, M., Moritz, A., Block, J. (2022). Motives, supporting activities, and selection criteria of social impact incubators: An experimental conjoint study. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. 51(5): 1095-1133.
    (article)
  • Block, J., Hirschmann, M. Fisch, C. (2021). Which criteria matter when impact investors screen social enterprises? Journal of Corporate Finance. 66 (February): 101813.
    (article)




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