According to a new paper published by MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology):

  • “the likelihood of growth [of a startup] is five times higher for firms with trademarks and 35 times higher for firms that apply for patents”
  • “firms with short names are 2.5 times more likely to grow”
  • “High-growth startups contribute disproportionately to net job creation and to impactful innovation, laying a crucial foundation for economic dynamism and prosperity. Fostering these firms is a strategic priority.”


While patents and trademarks don’t guarantee success, a business that lacks patents and trademarks is much more likely to fail.


The paper, entitled “A New View of the Skew: A Quantitative Assessment of the Quality of American Entrepreneurship,” is here: