Discovering and assessing fields of expertise in nanomedicine: a patent co-citation network perspective

@article{Barirani2012DiscoveringAA,
  title={Discovering and assessing fields of expertise in nanomedicine: a patent co-citation network perspective},
  author={Ahmad Barirani and Bruno Agard and Catherine Beaudry},
  journal={Scientometrics},
  year={2012},
  volume={94},
  pages={1111-1136}
}
Discovering and assessing fields of expertise in emerging technologies from patent data is not straightforward. First, patent classification in an emerging technology being far from complete, the definitions of the various applications of its inventions are embedded within communities of practice. Because patents must contain full record of prior art, co-citation networks can, in theory, be used to identify and delineate the inventive effort of these communities of practice. However, the use… CONTINUE READING
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