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Firms represent a prime target for public authority awareness-raising policies especially as regards innovation and filing patents. Yet it is not always easy to get a handle on this population in terms of statistics, meaning that it is particularly difficult to systematically identify in the patent databases different kinds of firms that do file patent applications.
Two census of firms conducted in 1999 and 2007, organised jointly by Bpifrance and INPI, allow the INPI to yearly identify the different kinds of firms among the companies that filed a patent application at the French patent office. This study reveals the importance of the different kinds of firms among the total patent applicant population and firms’ behaviours.