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Title: Traces of Prior Art: An analysis of non-patent references found in patent documents
Authors: Callaert, Julie ×
Van Looy, Bart
Verbeek, Arnold
Debackere, Koenraad
Thijs, Bart #
Issue Date: Jan-2006
Publisher: Springer
Series Title: Scientometrics vol:69 issue:1 pages:3-20
Abstract: The recent developments towards more systemic conceptualizations of innovation dynamics and related policies highlight the need for indicators that mirror the dynamics involved. In this contribution, we assess the role that 'non-patent references', found in patent documents, can play in this respect. After examining the occurrence of these references in the USPTO and EPO patent systems, their precise nature is delineated by means of a content analysis of two samples of nonpatent references (n=10,000). Our findings reveal that citations in patents allow developing nontrivial and robust indicators. The majority of all non-patent references are journal references, which provide ample possibilities for large-scale analyses focusing on the extent to which technological developments are situated within the vicinity of scientific knowledge. Application areas, limitations and directions for future research are discussed.
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ISSN: 0138-9130
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Department of Managerial Economics, Strategy and Innovation (MSI), Leuven
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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