Patent citation analysis.A closer look at the basic input data from patent search reports

@article{Michel2001PatentCA,
  title={Patent citation analysis.A closer look at the basic input data from patent search reports},
  author={Jacques Michel and Bernd Bettels},
  journal={Scientometrics},
  year={2001},
  volume={51},
  pages={185-201}
}
The present paper focuses on some important requirements for understanding patent searchreports in view of their use for statistical analysis. It is pointed out and illustrated that thecomprehensiveness and the quality of a given search report may vary significantly as a function ofthe patent office drawing up the report. These differences imply consequences with respect to thesafe use and interpretation of the data. The authors stress that a sound analysis based on patentcitation data can only… CONTINUE READING

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