Patent toxicity and the dark side of innovation

While most research on innovation stresses its relevance for growth, a novel research agenda has started to investigate the dark side of innovation – i.e. whether and when innovative processes and products produce harmful impacts on society and the environment. This project for the first time combines computational toxicology with patent analysis, to identify patents that contain toxic content and aims at studying corporate IPR strategies in this camp and also how companies in the chemical industry respond to newer regulatory pressures or calls for a toxic free future.

Key publications

Biggi G., Giuliani E., Martinelli A., Benfenati E. (2022) Patent Toxicity, Research Policy, 51 (1), 104329.

Coad A., Giuliani E., Biggi G. (2021) Asbestos, leaded petrol, and other aberrations: comparing countries’ regulatory responses to disapproved products and technologies, Industry and Innovation 28 (2), 201-233.

Biggi G., Giuliani E. (2021) The noxious consequences of innovation: what do we know? Industry and Innovation, 28 (1), 19-41.

Other Research