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

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  • Gaétan de Rassenfosse
  • Hélène Dernis
  • Dominique Guellec
  • Picci Lucio
  • Bruno Van Pottelsberghe

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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 family 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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Paper provided by ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles in its series Working Papers ECARES with number ECARES 2012-019.

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Length: 35 p.
Date of creation: Aug 2012
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Keywords: patent count; patent indicator; patent statistics; Patstat; priority count; priority filing; worldwide count;

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  1. 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.
  2. Lucio, Picci & Luca, Savorelli, 2013. "The Technological Specialization of Countries: An Analysis of Patent Data," SIRE Discussion Papers 2013-24, Scottish Institute for Research in Economics (SIRE).
  3. 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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  6. 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.

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