What do patent examiner inserted citations indicate for a region with low absorptive capacity?

Joaquín M. Azagra-Caro, Ignacio Fernández-de-Lucio, François Perruchas, Pauline Mattsson

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Abstract

Most studies of patents citations focus on national or international contexts, especially contexts of high absorptive capacity, and employ examiner citations. We argue that results can vary if we take the region as the context of analysis, especially if it is a region with low absorptive capacity, and if we study applicant citations and examiner-inserted citations separately. Using a sample from the Valencian Community (Spain), we conclude that (i) the use of examiner-inserted citations as a proxy for applicant citations, (ii) the interpretation of non-patent references as indicators of science-industry links, and (iii) the traditional results for geographical localization are not generalizable to all regions with low absorptive capacity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)441-455
Number of pages15
JournalScientometrics
Volume80
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Economic Geography

Keywords

  • Absorptive Capacity
  • Patent Citation
  • European Patent Office
  • Patent Examiner
  • Valencian Community

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