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OECD Patent Statistics Manual

Valid from2009
Previous versions1994
DescriptionThe manual provides guiding principles for the use of patent data in Science and Technology measurement, and recommendations for the compilation and interpretation of patent indicators in this context. It aims to show what patent statistics can be used for, what they cannot be used for, and how to count patents in order to maximise information on Science and Technology activities while minimising statistical noise and biases. Finally, it describes how patent data can be used in the analysis of a wide array of topics related to technical change and patenting activity including industry-science linkages, patenting strategies by companies, internationalisation of research, and indicators on the value of patents
Maintenance organization Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
Statistical domains 2.3 Business statistics
Type of standardConcepts and Definitions
Languages English, French, Spanish
Information last updated28/10/11