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World patent information--the first 25 years


  • Blackman, Michael


The history of the journal is traced, from its inception in 1979, on a range of key topics, mainly by reference to facts, figures and graphs on the proportion of articles each year, and by listings of the titles of some typical articles. Topics covered are classification, online databases, CD-ROM databases, the Internet and e-filing, intellectual property and industrial property information dissemination, libraries, and patent analysis and statistics. The coverage of trademark and design information retrieval is highlighted, together with legal and policy matters, patent information articles concerning specific technologies disclosed in the patents, and the geographical distribution of articles, authors and subscribers. The editors and publishers, and the main authors and their output, are also covered.

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  • Blackman, Michael, 2004. "World patent information--the first 25 years," World Patent Information, Elsevier, vol. 26(1), pages 13-24, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:worpat:v:26:y:2004:i:1:p:13-24

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    1. van Zeebroeck, Nicolas & van Pottelsberghe de la Potterie, Bruno & Guellec, Dominique, 2009. "Claiming more: the Increased Voluminosity of Patent Applications and its Determinants," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 38(6), pages 1006-1020, July.
    2. Bruno van Pottelsberghe de la Potterie & Didier François, 2009. "The Cost Factor in Patent Systems," Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade, Springer, vol. 9(4), pages 329-355, December.
    3. Archontopoulos, Eugenio & Guellec, Dominique & Stevnsborg, Niels & van Pottelsberghe de la Potterie, Bruno & van Zeebroeck, Nicolas, 2007. "When small is beautiful: Measuring the evolution and consequences of the voluminosity of patent applications at the EPO," Information Economics and Policy, Elsevier, vol. 19(2), pages 103-132, June.
    4. Guellec, Dominique & Pottelsberghe de la Potterie, Bruno v., 2000. "Applications, grants and the value of patent," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 69(1), pages 109-114, October.
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