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The worldwide count of priority patents: A new indicator of inventive activity

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  • de Rassenfosse, Gaétan
  • Dernis, Hélène
  • Guellec, Dominique
  • Picci, Lucio
  • van Pottelsberghe de la Potterie, Bruno

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This paper describes a new patent-based indicator of inventive activity. The indicator is based on counting all the priority patent applications filed by a country's inventors, regardless of the patent office in which the application is filed, and can therefore be considered as a complete ‘matrix’ of all patent counts. The method has the advantage of covering more inventions than the selective Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) or triadic families counts, while at the same time limiting the home-country bias of single-country-based indicators (inventors from a particular country tend to file in their own country). The indicator is particularly useful to identify emerging technologies and to assess the innovation performance of developing economies.

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Volume (Year): 42 (2013)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 720-737

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Keywords: Patent count; Patent indicator; Patent statistics; Patstat; Priority count; Priority filing; Worldwide count;

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Cited by:
  1. Lucio Picci & Luca Savorelli, 2013. "The Technological Specialization of Countries: An Analysis of Patent Data," Discussion Paper Series, Department of Economics 201301, Department of Economics, University of St. Andrews.
  2. Gaétan de Rassenfosse & Anja Schoen & Annelies Wastyn, 2013. "Selection Bias in Innovation Studies. A Simple Test," Melbourne Institute Working Paper Series wp2013n08, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne.
  3. Christine Greenhalgh, 2013. "Science, Technology, Innovation and IP in India: New Directions and Prospects," Melbourne Institute Working Paper Series wp2013n37, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne.
  4. Jérôme Danguy & Gaétan de Rassenfosse & Bruno Van Pottelsberghe, 2013. "On the Origins of the Worldwide Surge in Patenting: An Industry Perspective on the R&D-patent Relationship," Working Papers ECARES 2013/143016, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
  5. Iciar Dominguez Lacasa & Alexander Giebler, 2014. "Technological Activities in CEE Countries: A Patent Analysis for the Period 1980-2009," IWH Discussion Papers 2, Halle Institute for Economic Research.

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