Free patent information as a resource for policy analysis

Meyer, Martin, Utecht, Jan Timm and Goloubeva, Tatiana (2003) Free patent information as a resource for policy analysis. World Patent Information, 25 (3). pp. 223-231. ISSN 0172-2190

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Patents are generally acknowledged as a rich yet little-used source of information. In recent years, several patent offices made some of their databases publicly available on the Internet. While most likely the promoters of free patent information on the Internet may have inventors as potential users in mind, free access to patents may also further the uptake of patent information by probably unintended user groups, such as researchers and policy analysts. This paper describes how one of the free online databases for patents, together with freely available electronic personnel registries of Finnish universities, can provide valuable data for use as a resource for policy-relevant analysis.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Free patent information; Science and technology policy; University patents; USPTO database; Personnel registries; Finnish universities
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Business and Management
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General) > T0201 Patents. Trademarks
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z0665 Library Science. Information Science
Depositing User: Martin Meyer
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2012 10:20
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2012 10:20
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