Bertelsmann Stiftung (ed.)

Jan C. Breitinger, Benjamin Dierks, Thomas Rausch

World class patents in cutting-edge technologies

The innovation power of East Asia, North America, and Europe

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94 pages, PDF


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The international balance of power in innovation is shifting – to the advantage of East Asia. This is the central finding of a new study by the Bertelsmann Stiftung on the development of national and regional portfolios of patents in cutting-edge technologies since 2000. Innovation is the fundament of social progress and international competitiveness. This is particularly true for new developments in important cutting-edge technologies such as 3D printing or artificial intelligence. The study takes a closer look at the most important patents in 58 of these technologies. Based on a new approach to patent assessment, the Swiss Research Institute and Consultancy EconSight analyzes how the innovative power of major economies and world regions has shifted between 2000 and 2019. 

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