The role of (patent) information in the innovation process
The European Patent Office (EPO) has conducted a survey to find out how patent information ranks as a source of information in the innovation process, i.e. whether patent information supports innovation, in Europe.
- Posted on: 12.07.2017
- Year of publication: 2017
The survey shows how patent information contributes to each phase of the innovation process.
The main findings of the survey show that 70% of the innovators who took part in the survey use patent information as a source of information while 72% of them rate patent information as important or very important for their innovation work.
At the same time, 75% of respondents use EPO products including Espacenet, followed by DPMA/DEPATISnet 30%, USPTO 21% and WIPO/PATENTSCOPE 17%.
In addition, the findings show that patent information is predominantly used as a source of technical and legal information but lags behind with business information.