Prediction of emerging technologies based on analysis of the US patent citation network

Péter Érdi, Kinga Makovi, Zoltán Somogyvári, Katherine Strandburg, Jan Tobochnik, Péter Volf, László Zalányi

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

The network of patents connected by citations is an evolving graph, which provides a representation of the innovation process. A patent citing another implies that the cited patent reflects a piece of previously existing knowledge that the citing patent builds upon. A methodology presented here (1) identifies actual clusters of patents: i. e., technological branches, and (2) gives predictions about the temporal changes of the structure of the clusters. A predictor, called the citation vector, is defined for characterizing technological development to show how a patent cited by other patents belongs to various industrial fields. The clustering technique adopted is able to detect the new emerging recombinations, and predicts emerging new technology clusters. The predictive ability of our new method is illustrated on the example of USPTO subcategory 11, Agriculture, Food, Textiles. A cluster of patents is determined based on citation data up to 1991, which shows significant overlap of the class 442 formed at the beginning of 1997. These new tools of predictive analytics could support policy decision making processes in science and technology, and help formulate recommendations for action.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)225-242
Number of pages18
JournalScientometrics
Volume95
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

Fingerprint

patent
Agriculture
Textiles
Innovation
Decision making
decision making process
technical development
new technology
agriculture
food
innovation
Predictive analytics
methodology
ability
science
knowledge

Keywords

  • Co-citation clustering
  • Network
  • Patent citation
  • Technological evolution

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Library and Information Sciences

Cite this

Érdi, P., Makovi, K., Somogyvári, Z., Strandburg, K., Tobochnik, J., Volf, P., & Zalányi, L. (2013). Prediction of emerging technologies based on analysis of the US patent citation network. Scientometrics, 95(1), 225-242. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11192-012-0796-4

Prediction of emerging technologies based on analysis of the US patent citation network. / Érdi, Péter; Makovi, Kinga; Somogyvári, Zoltán; Strandburg, Katherine; Tobochnik, Jan; Volf, Péter; Zalányi, László.

In: Scientometrics, Vol. 95, No. 1, 01.01.2013, p. 225-242.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Érdi, P, Makovi, K, Somogyvári, Z, Strandburg, K, Tobochnik, J, Volf, P & Zalányi, L 2013, 'Prediction of emerging technologies based on analysis of the US patent citation network', Scientometrics, vol. 95, no. 1, pp. 225-242. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11192-012-0796-4
Érdi, Péter ; Makovi, Kinga ; Somogyvári, Zoltán ; Strandburg, Katherine ; Tobochnik, Jan ; Volf, Péter ; Zalányi, László. / Prediction of emerging technologies based on analysis of the US patent citation network. In: Scientometrics. 2013 ; Vol. 95, No. 1. pp. 225-242.
@article{6002cbe8edc945808635fa509c184b9f,
title = "Prediction of emerging technologies based on analysis of the US patent citation network",
abstract = "The network of patents connected by citations is an evolving graph, which provides a representation of the innovation process. A patent citing another implies that the cited patent reflects a piece of previously existing knowledge that the citing patent builds upon. A methodology presented here (1) identifies actual clusters of patents: i. e., technological branches, and (2) gives predictions about the temporal changes of the structure of the clusters. A predictor, called the citation vector, is defined for characterizing technological development to show how a patent cited by other patents belongs to various industrial fields. The clustering technique adopted is able to detect the new emerging recombinations, and predicts emerging new technology clusters. The predictive ability of our new method is illustrated on the example of USPTO subcategory 11, Agriculture, Food, Textiles. A cluster of patents is determined based on citation data up to 1991, which shows significant overlap of the class 442 formed at the beginning of 1997. These new tools of predictive analytics could support policy decision making processes in science and technology, and help formulate recommendations for action.",
keywords = "Co-citation clustering, Network, Patent citation, Technological evolution",
author = "P{\'e}ter {\'E}rdi and Kinga Makovi and Zolt{\'a}n Somogyv{\'a}ri and Katherine Strandburg and Jan Tobochnik and P{\'e}ter Volf and L{\'a}szl{\'o} Zal{\'a}nyi",
year = "2013",
month = "1",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1007/s11192-012-0796-4",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "95",
pages = "225--242",
journal = "Scientometrics",
issn = "0138-9130",
publisher = "Springer Netherlands",
number = "1",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Prediction of emerging technologies based on analysis of the US patent citation network

AU - Érdi, Péter

AU - Makovi, Kinga

AU - Somogyvári, Zoltán

AU - Strandburg, Katherine

AU - Tobochnik, Jan

AU - Volf, Péter

AU - Zalányi, László

PY - 2013/1/1

Y1 - 2013/1/1

N2 - The network of patents connected by citations is an evolving graph, which provides a representation of the innovation process. A patent citing another implies that the cited patent reflects a piece of previously existing knowledge that the citing patent builds upon. A methodology presented here (1) identifies actual clusters of patents: i. e., technological branches, and (2) gives predictions about the temporal changes of the structure of the clusters. A predictor, called the citation vector, is defined for characterizing technological development to show how a patent cited by other patents belongs to various industrial fields. The clustering technique adopted is able to detect the new emerging recombinations, and predicts emerging new technology clusters. The predictive ability of our new method is illustrated on the example of USPTO subcategory 11, Agriculture, Food, Textiles. A cluster of patents is determined based on citation data up to 1991, which shows significant overlap of the class 442 formed at the beginning of 1997. These new tools of predictive analytics could support policy decision making processes in science and technology, and help formulate recommendations for action.

AB - The network of patents connected by citations is an evolving graph, which provides a representation of the innovation process. A patent citing another implies that the cited patent reflects a piece of previously existing knowledge that the citing patent builds upon. A methodology presented here (1) identifies actual clusters of patents: i. e., technological branches, and (2) gives predictions about the temporal changes of the structure of the clusters. A predictor, called the citation vector, is defined for characterizing technological development to show how a patent cited by other patents belongs to various industrial fields. The clustering technique adopted is able to detect the new emerging recombinations, and predicts emerging new technology clusters. The predictive ability of our new method is illustrated on the example of USPTO subcategory 11, Agriculture, Food, Textiles. A cluster of patents is determined based on citation data up to 1991, which shows significant overlap of the class 442 formed at the beginning of 1997. These new tools of predictive analytics could support policy decision making processes in science and technology, and help formulate recommendations for action.

KW - Co-citation clustering

KW - Network

KW - Patent citation

KW - Technological evolution

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84874796359&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=84874796359&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1007/s11192-012-0796-4

DO - 10.1007/s11192-012-0796-4

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:84874796359

VL - 95

SP - 225

EP - 242

JO - Scientometrics

JF - Scientometrics

SN - 0138-9130

IS - 1

ER -