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Measuring patent quality in cross-country comparison

Philipp Boeing () and Elisabeth Mueller ()

Economics Letters, 2016, vol. 149, issue C, 145-147

Abstract: Our novel quality index is based on citations from international search reports and provides internationally comparable, quality-adjusted figures for applications made under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). We show that China’s recent patent expansion has taken place to the detriment of patent quality. Weighting national PCT counts with our index reveals a widening gap between the technological capacities of China and the leading USA.

Keywords: Patent quality; Cross-country comparison (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O32 O34 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2016.10.039

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