Title: World Corporate Top R&D Investors: Innovation and IP bundles
Publisher: Publications Office of the European Union
Publication Year: 2015
JRC N°: JRC94932
ISBN: 978-92-79-46024-1 (print)
978-92-79-46025-8 (pdf)
ISSN: 1018-5593 (print)
1831-9424 (online)
Other Identifiers: EUR 27129
OP LF-NA-27129-EN-C (print)
OP LF-NA-27129-EN-N (online)
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC94932
DOI: 10.2791/64121
Type: eBook
Abstract: Innovation and technological development are today main ingredients of countries' economic development strategies. This is based on evidence showing the importance of technical progress and innovation in increasing the efficiency in the use of labour and capital inputs (multi-factor productivity), one of the main drivers of GDP growth in most OECD countries for more than two decades. World regions and countries are competing to attract and retain those segments of the global value chains that most contribute to value and job creation. In a context of increasing globalisation and interdependence of knowledge generation and exploitation activities, policies aiming at reinforcing the scientific and technological competitiveness of economies need to rely on a wide range of science, technology and innovation indicators reflecting increasingly complex innovation systems. A main actor of innovation systems is the business sector. Evidence shows that a very large proportion of the R&D investments financed and executed by the business sector worldwide is concentrated in a relatively small number of world leading corporate innovators, in many cases large multinational groups. These companies also concentrate a significant proportion of the patents and trademarks filed in the most important intellectual property offices around the world. In this respect, the original data and statistics on the innovation output of world top corporate R&D investors presented in this report is extremely relevant for the support of evidence-based research and innovation policies. The report builds on the efforts to collect up-to-date, reliable and comparable company data on the top corporate R&D investors worldwide carried-out by the European Commission since 2004 (the EU Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard publication) and on the solid knowledge and experience of the OECD in developing and providing robust and state of the art indicators on science, technology and industry (see for example OECD's STI Scoreboard publications). Essentially descriptive in nature, the company based data and statistics on the patents and trademarks portfolios of world top corporate investors open the door to further research and analysis about companies' global strategies for knowledge development and exploitation. The main target audience is the researcher community and policy analysts with an interest in supporting evidence-based policy making in the area of innovation and industrial policies. The underlying company data on patents and trademark will be made publicly available. The objective is to allow practitioners to make intensive use of this data to contribute to the advance of knowledge and empirical evidence on companies' innovative activities and performance.
JRC Directorate:Growth and Innovation

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