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“Wacky” patents meet economic indicators

  • Czarnitzki, Dirk
  • Hussinger, Katrin
  • Schneider, Cédric

We investigate whether standard indicators can distinguish between “wacky” patents and a control group. Forward citations are good predictors of importance. However, “wacky” patents have higher originality, generality and citation lags, suggesting that these indicators should be interpreted carefully.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 113 (2011)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 131-134

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:113:y:2011:i:2:p:131-134
DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2011.06.011
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