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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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  1. Jérôme Danguy & Gaétan de Rassenfosse & Bruno van Pottelsberghe de la Potterie, 2013. "On the Origins of the Worldwide Surge in Patenting: An Industry Perspective on the R&D-Patent Relationship," Melbourne Institute Working Paper Series wp2013n15, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne.
  2. Christine Greenhalgh, 2013. "Science, Technology, Innovation and IP in India - New Directions and Prospects," Economics Series Working Papers 660, University of Oxford, Department of Economics.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Valeria Costantini & Francesco Crespi & Ylenia Curci, 2014. "A keyword selection method for mapping technological knowledge in specific sectors through patent data:the case of biofuels sector," SEEDS Working Papers 1714, SEEDS, Sustainability Environmental Economics and Dynamics Studies, revised Jun 2014.
  6. 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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