Key inventors and key firms in fuel cell developmment: a patent analysis

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Working Paper
Pilkington, Alan
Royal Holloway, University of London
Date of publication
1 October 2006
School of Management Working Paper Series
Trends: economic, social and technology trends affecting business
Business and management
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This paper summarises a piece of work undertaken a few years ago which employed patent data to investigate the development of the fuel cell. The paper’s main aim is to record the investigation and method used and explore whether patent data could be employed to determine the main players, both inventors and firms, in fuel cell innovation. The original work using 2001 data has been utilised in a number of further studies (Pilkington, 2004; Pilkington and Liston- Heyes, 2004; Pilkington and Dyerson, 2001b; Dyerson and Pilkington, 2002, 2004), but its main findings in terms of classifying the main contributors to fuel cell development was never really fully explored. Updating the study and extending the analysis of the groups of inventors and firms to isolate differences, is the starting point for a new piece of work which is just being planned.

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