Tagged: patents

New Zealand’s largest inventor network: A glimpse of our innovation ecosystem - A Measure of Science

Shaun Hendy Apr 04, 2011

We have been experimenting with ways to represent the inventor networks that we can extract from patent databases.  In this post, I will focus on New Zealand’s largest inventor network, as extracted from 30 years of European Patent Office (EPO) data.  The network gives us a glimpse of New Zealand’s innovation ecosystem. At the left is a … Read More

Kiwi superconductivity industry overcomes resistance - A Measure of Science

Shaun Hendy Feb 08, 2010

This week, New Zealand hosts the 18th International Superconductivity Industry Summit, where multi-national heavy-weights like Siemans AG will rub shoulders with New Zealand-based companies such as General Cable NZ Ltd and HTS-110.  As the superconductivity industry matures over the next decade, these New Zealand companies have an excellent chance of becoming significant export earners.  How did New … Read More

What are patents good for? - A Measure of Science

Shaun Hendy Jan 08, 2010

I’ve spent a lot of time in this blog analysing the distribution of patents both geographically and amongst companies. In this post I’ll briefly look at the value of a patent, firstly from the perspective of the inventor, and then from society’s point of view. A patent for an invention protects its inventor from being scooped by other … Read More