The value of patents & their “window on the innovation process”


For tracking the influence and progression of ideas and advances, one tool that has proved to be invaluable is citation analysis – quantifying and examining the previous works that a given scientific paper cites, as well as the works that subsequently cite that paper. But papers are not the only documents that provide insights into influence and impact. Patents, which also constitute a kind of intellectual statement, and which can also earn increased visibility and acclaim in the form of citations, supply their own view into the process of innovation. More at StateofInnovation