Title: Innovation in sustainable-new and emerging-technological fields: a patent-based perspective for Greece

Authors: Maria Markatou

Addresses: National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Larissa 41223, Greece

Abstract: This paper aims at studying the production of innovation in sustainable-new and emerging-technological fields based on patent data for Greece. The analysis relies on the theoretical and empirical arguments of the importance of innovation in growth and on its description and measurement through patent data, which have been considered and accepted to be good and reliable innovation indicators for this purpose. This paper examines the Greek case, first presenting all sustainable-new and emerging-technological fields, second analysing both their importance and their technological content and third linking to industrial sectors in order to have a first indication of their economic direction. This paper also presents the position of Greece at the international context in the above fields, highlighting fields of better and worse performance, thus providing a first kind of empirical evidence on issues that could be integrated in a wider discussion on the Greek innovation policy.

Keywords: environmental innovation; Greece; new technological fields; patents; sustainable technologies; new technologies; emerging technologies; patent data; technological content; industrial sectors; sustainability; sustainable development; regional development; regions; regeneration.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIRD.2013.052506

International Journal of Innovation and Regional Development, 2013 Vol.5 No.1, pp.26 - 40

Published online: 02 Jul 2014 *

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