Title: Analysis on patent collaborative patterns for emerging technologies: a case study of nano-enabled drug delivery

Authors: Jing Ma; Xuefeng Wang; Donghua Zhu; Xiao Zhou

Addresses: School of Management and Economics, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing, 100081, China ' School of Management and Economics, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing, 100081, China ' School of Management and Economics, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing, 100081, China ' School of Management and Economics, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing, 100081, China

Abstract: For emerging technologies, such as nano-enabled drug delivery (NEDD), collaboration acquires a special significance for technology innovation and development. Companies, academic teams, and other organisations play important roles in collaborative networks. In this paper, we conduct a collaboration study in the field of NEDD by using patent data. Key actors and evolution of the network are explored. Although collaboration improves the value of patents, the connections in the NEDD collaborative network are not consolidated. It is worthwhile for different organisations to establish collaborative relations to access external knowledge and resources.

Keywords: patent collaboration; emerging technologies; nano-enabled drug delivery; NEDD; nanotechnology; collaborative networks; case study; technological innovation; patents; technology management.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTM.2015.072972

International Journal of Technology Management, 2015 Vol.69 No.3/4, pp.210 - 228

Received: 16 Oct 2013
Accepted: 21 Oct 2014

Published online: 11 Nov 2015 *

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