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This study looks at trends in patent applications in Germany and the Federal Republic of Germany in the last 100 years. The main aims of the analysis of these data are as follows: Using the time series of patent applications, trends in the production of technological know-how are described for various sectors. On the basis of trends in patent applications, the typical behaviour patterns in technological development are identified and a number of hypotheses regarding behaviour in the technology sector are formulated and tested. On the basis of the analysis of trends in patent applications, the influence of exogenous (i.e. economic, social, etc.) and endogenous (i.e. relating to science and its laws) factors on technology is determined. In addition, the patterns of structural development of the technology sectors are determined and the structural influences of technological change on the trends in patent applications as a whole are identified. On the basis of the analysis of patent applications, the relationship between long- and short-term trends and fluctuations in the economy and economic development are shown in relation to technological development. On the basis of the statistical analysis of the time series of patent applications, the time sequence of the technology sectors is determined in relation to their growth - both in qualitative and in quantitative terms.

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Bibliographic Reference: EUR 11044 EN (1987) FS, 365 P., BFR 1200, EUROFFICE, LUXEMBOURG, POB 1003
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