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Do firms base their patent application filings on individuals ?

    Firms operating in technology-intensive industries protect all their alleged technological advances through patenting. But, because there are costs to patent applications and not all applications result in patents, firms have to make strategic decisions regarding which alleged innovations to file patent applications for. We propose that firms tend to file more patent applications for alleged innovations of more strategically important inventors and, so, more of these applications also fail. Employing intra-organizational inventor network, we posit that an inventor’s total and failed number of patent applications will be positively associated with their centrality and span of structural holes. And, these effects are altered by the overall network fragmentation. A longitudinal analysis of patenting activities in six pharmaceutical firms broadly supports our framework.