Mapping (USPTO) Patent Data using Overlays to Google Maps [article]

Loet Leydesdorff, Lutz Bornmann
2012 arXiv   pre-print
A technique is developed using patent information available online (at the US Patent and Trademark Office) for the generation of Google Maps. The overlays indicate both the quantity and quality of patents at the city level. This information is relevant for research questions in technology analysis, innovation studies and evolutionary economics, as well as economic geography. The resulting maps can also be relevant for technological innovation policies and R&D management, because the US market
more » ... n be considered the leading market for patenting and patent competition. In addition to the maps, the routines provide quantitative data about the patents for statistical analysis. The cities on the map are colored according to the results of significance tests. The overlays are explored for the Netherlands as a "national system of innovations," and further elaborated in two cases of emerging technologies: "RNA interference" and "nanotechnology."
arXiv:1110.5712v3 fatcat:z5sgj3tqqbgxnj3bxcvk3jhslm