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Patent Classification as Stimulus for Inspiring New Applications of Existing Knowledge

  • Lorenzo Fiorineschi (a1), Francesco Saverio Frillici (a1) and Federico Rotini (a1)

Abstract

This paper aims to provide suggestions for the identification of potential new applications for the existing knowledge. A method is presented for extracting information about a product or technology, processing the international patent database (IPD) and extracting useful hints for potential new applications. The approach uses the Cooperative Patent Classification as stimulus for inspiring new potential fields towards which export existing product or technologies. Although some limits inevitably affect the approach, relevant directions for future developments have been inferred for a more comprehensive exploitation of both the firm internal knowledge and the suggestions provided by the international patent database. The achieved results can support firms in expanding market opportunities for their products or technologies.

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This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives licence (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is unaltered and is properly cited. The written permission of Cambridge University Press must be obtained for commercial re-use or in order to create a derivative work.

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Contact: Rotini, Federico, University of Florence Industrial Engineering, Italy, federico.rotini@unifi.it

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Patent Classification as Stimulus for Inspiring New Applications of Existing Knowledge

  • Lorenzo Fiorineschi (a1), Francesco Saverio Frillici (a1) and Federico Rotini (a1)

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