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Technological Competition among the Big Five in Patent Data: A Systematic and Scalable Approach Based on Web-Search Technology

Katsuyuki Tanaka and Takashi Kamihigashi

No DP2022-09, Discussion Paper Series from Research Institute for Economics & Business Administration, Kobe University

Abstract: Despite the apparent rivalry among Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, and Microsoft, each of them is immensely successful, thereby raising the question: Who are their competitors? We investigate this phenomenon by systematically ascertaining the most likely competitors from a technological competitor retrieval system constructed by aggregating information on companies, individual inventors, and approximately 73 million patents on the Worldwide Patent Statistical Database. We introduce a novel technological competition analysis based on the results, revealing that technological competitions are not as intense as they appear. We extend the technological analysis scope to a scalable and systematic framework by employing web-search technology.

Keywords: Technological analysis; Data science; Patent; Techonological competition; Big Five (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O31 O39 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 29 pages
Date: 2022-03
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