Microscopic Approach to Evaluating Technological Convergence Using Patent Citation Analysis
Technological convergence has been an important source of technological innovation in industries. We take a microscopic approach to the question for measuring and evaluating the level of technological convergence using patent citation analysis. We develop a convergence indicator that shows the relative convergence degree of a patent. This indicator is based on the backward and forward patent citations that could assess the extent of the level of convergence or originality. In this paper, we test the method that could evaluate the relative level of convergence in individual patents.
KeywordsTechnological Convergence Convergence Indicator Patent Citation Analysis
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