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Comprehensive Patent Data of the German Democratic Republic 1949-1990 — technical report and dataset overview

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  • Ann Hipp

    (University of Bremen, Germany)

  • Michael Fritsch

    (Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany)

  • Maria Greve

    (Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany, and University of Groningen, The Netherlands)

  • Jutta Günther

    (University of Bremen, Germany)

  • Marcel Lange

    (University of Bremen, Germany)

  • Christian Liutik

    (Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany)

  • Beate Pfeifer

    (Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany)

  • Mariia Shkolnykova

    (University of Bremen, Germany)

  • Michael Wyrwich

    (Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany, and University of Groningen, The Netherlands)

Abstract

This paper documents the generation and the content of the Comprehensive Patent Database (CPDB) of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) (1949-1990), Version 1.1, which is freely available at GESIS https://doi.org/10.7802/2423. The database contains all patents granted in the GDR and published by the Office of Inventions and Patents (AfEP, later: German Patent and Trade Mark Office/DPMA) in the period between 1 January 1939 (application before but granted in the GDR) and 29 June 2006 (application in but granted after the GDR). The core database covers the years 1950 to 1990 and contains 24 variables with manually cleaned and processed information on a total of 261,822 unique patents of the GDR. The data was collected and prepared for the purpose of research on innovation activity in the GDR.

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  • Ann Hipp & Michael Fritsch & Maria Greve & Jutta Günther & Marcel Lange & Christian Liutik & Beate Pfeifer & Mariia Shkolnykova & Michael Wyrwich, 2022. "Comprehensive Patent Data of the German Democratic Republic 1949-1990 — technical report and dataset overview," Jena Economic Research Papers 2022-011, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena.
  • Handle: RePEc:jrp:jrpwrp:2022-011
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    Keywords

    Patent data; German Democratic Republic (GDR); invention;
    All these keywords.

    JEL classification:

    • O31 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives
    • O33 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes
    • P29 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies - - - Other
    • P39 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Institutions and Their Transitions - - - Other
    • B24 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought since 1925 - - - Socialist; Marxist; Scraffian

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