The Worldwide Count of Priority Patents: A New Indicator of Inventive Activity

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Gaétan de Rassenfosse

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Hélène Dernis

Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD)

Dominique Guellec

Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD)

Lucio Picci

University of Bologna - Department of Economics; Institute for Corruption Studies

Bruno van Pottelsberghe de la Potterie

Free University of Brussels - Solvay Business School; Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) - Department of Applied Economics (DULBEA); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Date Written: October 1, 2012

Abstract

This paper describes a new patent-based indicator of inventive activity. The indicator is based on counting all the priority patent applications filed by a country’s inventors, regardless of the patent office in which the application is filed, and can therefore be considered as a complete ‘matrix’ of all patent counts. The method has the advantage of covering more inventions than the selective Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) or triadic families counts, while at the same time limiting the home-country bias of single-country-based indicators (inventors from a particular country tend to file in their own country). The indicator is particularly useful to identify emerging technologies and to assess the innovation performance of developing economies.

Keywords: patent count, patent indicator, patent statistics, Patstat, priority count, priority

JEL Classification: O30, O57

Suggested Citation

de Rassenfosse, Gaétan and Dernis, Hélène and Guellec, Dominique and Picci, Lucio and van Pottelsberghe de la Potterie, Bruno, The Worldwide Count of Priority Patents: A New Indicator of Inventive Activity (October 1, 2012). Melbourne Institute Working Paper No. 23. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2167072 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2167072

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Dominique Guellec

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Lucio Picci

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Bruno Van Pottelsberghe de la Potterie

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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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