The Journal of Technology Transfer

, Volume 39, Issue 3, pp 358–375

Global technological collaboration network: network analysis of international co-inventions


DOI: 10.1007/s10961-012-9285-4

Cite this article as:
De Prato, G. & Nepelski, D. J Technol Transf (2014) 39: 358. doi:10.1007/s10961-012-9285-4


Global innovation networks are emerging as a result of the international division of innovation processes through, among others, international technological collaborations. At the aggregate level, the creation of technological collaboration between countries can be considered as mutually beneficial (or detrimental) and their random distribution is unlikely. Consequently, the dynamics and evolution of the technological collaborations can be expected to fulfil the criteria of a complex network. To study the structure and evolution of the global technological collaboration network, we use patent-based data of international co-inventions and apply the network analysis. In addition, extending the gravity model of international technological collaboration by network measures, we show that a country’s position in the network has very strong impact on the intensity of collaboration with other countries.


Globalisation of technology Technological collaboration Co-invention Network analysis Patent 

JEL Classification

D8 F23 O14 O30 O57 

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© European Union 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.JRC Institute for Prospective Technological StudiesEuropean CommissionSevilleSpain

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