Azzam, Jamal Eddine, Henard, David H. and Salgado, Stéphane (2023) Le « marquage brevet » comme stratégie de signalisation : influence sur l’innovation perçue des produits et sur leur adoption. Décisions Marketing, vol. 109 (n° 1). pp. 222-247.

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“Patent marking” as a signaling strategy: Impacts on perceived product innovativeness and innovation adoption
• Research purposes
Patent marking allows companies to communicate information to consumers about inventions implemented in their products. However, no research explored how customers react to such signalling strategy.
This article explores under which conditions the patent marking acts as a signalling or communication strategy to promote the adoption of innovative products.
• Method
An experimental study, based on products of different categories, was conducted with a representative sample of the French population (N=547).
• Results
We show that patent marking enhances the perception of the constitutive dimensions of perceived product innovation (i.e., novelty and utility) by activating an inference in consumers’ minds about the firm’s ability to develop inventive, non-imitative, and technically superior products. As a result, consumers respond favourably, in terms of purchase intentions and propensity to pay a premium price, to products subject to patent marking. Our results also show that these effects vary according to consumer profile.
• Managerial implications
Our results suggest that managers and entrepreneurs can use the patents protecting inventions embedded in their innovative products to make observable the technological benefits and attributes of the latter and thus facilitate their adoption by consumers.
• Originality
The originality of this article is twofold. On the one hand, it suggests patent marking as a novel strategy for signalling innovative products and explains to what extent it contributes to the construction of their innovativeness as perceived by consumers. On the other hand, it shows that patent marking allows crossing the chasm separating the niche market from the mass market by promoting the adoption of innovation by pragmatic consumers.

Item Type: Article
Language: French
Date: January 2023
Refereed: Yes
Place of Publication: Paris
Uncontrolled Keywords: Innovative products adoption, patent marking, signalling theory, patents, marketing strategy, Adoption de produits innovants, marquage brevet, théorie du signal, brevets, stratégie marketing
Subjects: C- GESTION
Divisions: TSM Research (Toulouse)
Site: UT1
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2023 13:36
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2024 11:58
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