'Old' and recent knowledge in a global industry; the integrated circuit industry and France, 1970s-2013

Spadavecchia, Anna and Ho, Yen-Chen (2020) 'Old' and recent knowledge in a global industry; the integrated circuit industry and France, 1970s-2013. Entreprises et Histoire. (In Press)

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    Abstract

    How important is 'old' knowledge for technological innovation? This paper addresses this research question focusing on the highly innovative semiconductor industry. Using a novel dataset of patents covering the period between the early 1970s and 2013, we highlight the relevance of age-old wisdom, as well as recent knowledge, to inventions produced by a cohort of world-leading semiconductor design multinational enterprises. Our analysis focuses on France and investigates the temporal dimension of recombinant search within the intellectual legacy of French entities in various high-tech industries.