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Patent statistics as a measure of technological vitality

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Statistical patent data is useful as a relative measure when applied to patent applicants following similar strategies. This is contrasted with the use of such data in efforts to assess technological trends and assess vitality in an absolute sense. The value of consultation with the patent profession as part of a program of statistical assessment is underlined, owing to its experience of the evolving technological environment and the changing patent systems to which the data apply.

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  • Aspden, H., 1983. "Patent statistics as a measure of technological vitality," World Patent Information, Elsevier, vol. 5(3), pages 170-173.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:worpat:v:5:y:1983:i:3:p:170-173
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    1. Hagedoorn, John & Cloodt, Myriam, 2003. "Measuring innovative performance: is there an advantage in using multiple indicators?," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 32(8), pages 1365-1379, September.
    2. Stuart, Graham & Higgins, Matthew, 2007. "The Impact of Patenting on New Product Introductions in the Pharmaceutical Industry," MPRA Paper 4574, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    3. Hagedoorn, John & Duysters, Geert, 2000. "Learning in Dynamic Inter-firm Networks - The Efficacy of Multiple Contacts," Research Memorandum 009, Maastricht University, Maastricht Economic Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT).

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