Assessment of critical technologies in Europe in selected fields covered by the EC research programmes
A comparative analysis of the EU's technological position, as compared to the US, Canada and Japan, was undertaken. The study was carried out using data from the US and European patent systems. Thirteen critical technologies were identified based on the US Department of Commerce study on emerging technologies. European strength in these thirteen categories was measured by using patent citation analysis. Approximately 70,000 patents in the US were found to lie within the thirteen categories, and form the basis for the study. Various citation indicators were used, including current impact index, technology cycle time, technological strength and non-patent references. Based on the analysis it was concluded that the various efforts to reinvigorate the electronics technology within the EU have not yet been successful enough to seriously challenge the Japanese advance. On the other hand, in areas such as chemicals, drugs, and medicine and materials, the EU appears to be maintaining its position and sometimes increasing it.
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 15698 EN (1994) 25 pp., FS, ECU 7
ISBN: ISBN 92-826-7957-8
Record Number: 199410696 / Last updated on: 1994-11-28
Original language: en
Available languages: en