A Method Using Two Dimensions of the Patent Classification for Measuring the Technological Proximity. An Application in Identifying a Potential R&D Partner in Biotechnology

Abstract : This paper aims to show how the information contained in patent documents can be used to identify basic and specific technological proximities between firms and therefore a potential research and development (R&D) partner. More generally, it looks at patents as a strategic tool that can be used for concluding cooperative R&D agreements (CRDA). The approach begins by looking at the state of the art on the role of technological proximity in CRDAs. This review clearly raises the problem of measuring technological proximity, which needs to be gauged at a two-fold level: general and specific. Then a dual method based on patent portfolios for analyzing the profiles of different potential partners is described along with an example of its application. Concretely, the exploratory study proposed here is based on an analysis of the patent portfolios of 14 French listed biotechnology companies and those of their main R&D partners. The analysis of 5,603 patents filed by the focal firms and their partners shows how the approach can be used to identify compatible partners that are more or less technologically matched.
Document type :
Journal articles
Complete list of metadatas

https://hal-upec-upem.archives-ouvertes.fr/hal-01133957
Contributor : Liliana Mitkova <>
Submitted on : Friday, March 20, 2015 - 6:24:10 PM
Last modification on : Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - 1:52:11 PM

Identifiers

Citation

Katia Angué, Cécile Ayerbe, Liliana Mitkova. A Method Using Two Dimensions of the Patent Classification for Measuring the Technological Proximity. An Application in Identifying a Potential R&D Partner in Biotechnology. Journal of Technology Transfer, Springer Verlag, 2014, 39 (5), pp.716-747. ⟨http://www.springer.com/business+%26+management/journal/10961⟩. ⟨10.1007/s10961-013-9325-8⟩. ⟨hal-01133957⟩

Share

Metrics

Record views

395