Politická ekonomie
Politická ekonomie
Prague Economic Papers
University of Economics, Prague

Prague Economic Papers Vol. 24 No. 4

Knowledge Relatedness and Knowledge Space Based on EPO Patents

DOI: https://doi.org/10.18267/j.pep.544

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Jana VLČKOVÁ, Nikola KASPŘÍKOVÁ

How is knowledge distributed over space and how are different types of knowledge related? These questions have so far received little attention. In this paper we measure knowledge relatedness based on the relationship between individual patent categories by using coclassification information obtained from EPO patents. We also follow specialization of countries and its evolution over the past three decades. We focus on the EU, the United States and China. The objective of this paper is to identify the knowledge relatedness between technological fields and to map knowledge produced in selected countries. For visualization of knowledge relatedness network analysis has been used.

Keywords: EPO patents, knowledge relatedness, knowledge space, network analysis, patents, technological advantage

JEL Classification: D83, O30, R12