A patent analysis method to trace technology evolutionary pathways

Title: A patent analysis method to trace technology evolutionary pathways
Format: Journal Article
Publication Date: 2014
Published In: Scientometrics
Description: Increased competition due to rapid technological development pushes all participants in the market to focus on the prospect of New and Emerging Science & Technologies (NESTs). One promising NEST, dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), has attracted attention in recent years. We focus on three research questions: how can we estimate DSSCs research activity trends; how can we identify DSSCs market expansion patterns; and, seeking to identify potential subsystems, what are the likely evolutionary paths of DSSCs development? In this paper, patent analysis is applied to help determine the developmental stage of a particular technology and trace its potential evolutionary pathways. In addition, since patent information can reflect commercial degree, we use patent transfer patterns to help evaluate market shift prospects. © 2014 Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, Hungary.
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Citation: Scientometrics. 100. Issue 3. 705 - 721. ISSN 0138-9130. DOI 10.1007/s11192-014-1317-4.
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