Research and analysis

Disruptive technology: a toolkit

Are patents a useful tool for assessing the potential of science-intensive, emerging disruptive technologies?


Disruptive technology: a toolkit

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Technologies can be characterised through exhibited patent characteristics.

Previous work has developed a prototype toolkit for characterising potentially disruptive technologies using patent indicators, based on patent data relating to Light Emitting Polymers.

This paper describes developing the toolkit to be applied to science-intensive technologies which are visible to horizon-scanning, but not yet widely developed such that opportunities for application and commercialisation may still be unclear, to produce an output score indicative of disruptive potential.

Published 5 July 2010