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Patent information services as a method of technology monitoring for SME's in Germany

: Koschatzky, K.

Technology Innovation Information Focus 1 (1993), No.1, pp.5-8
Journal Article
Fraunhofer ISI ()
direct client contant; Direkter Kundenkontakt; information barrier; Informationsbarriere; kleine und mittlere Unternehmen; kleines und mittleres Unternehmen; patent information centre; patent information service; Patentinformation; Recherchekonzept; search concept; small and medium-sized enterprise; Technikbeobachtung; technology monitoring

Patents are both legal documents and important sources of technical information. This paper concerns the information content of patents. Several Studies show that large enterprises systematically take advantage of patent information, whereas small and medium-sized enterprises (SME's) use it only rarely. This prompted the Federal German Ministry for Economic Affairs to promote patent information for SME's. The Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (FhG-ISI) in Karlsruhe took charge of the project.