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|Title:||Mapping Innovation Growth in the Sports Industry through Patent Data Mining|
|Keywords:||Patent data mining;Mountaineering equipment;Innovation;Techno-economic growth|
|Abstract:||The present study aims at depicting the importance of patent data mining as a tool for mapping innovation growth in the sports industry and the precursors affecting/promoting this growth. Patent data generated from mountaineering sports equipments industry has been investigated, covering an eleven year aggregated reference period from 2000 to 2010. Geographical distribution, inventor, applicant and International Patent Classification (IPC) have been used as indicators to relate patenting activity with innovation growth in sports industry. A total of 1792 patent families representing 3504 patent documents were found to be within the scope of the study and were used for further analysis. Trends indicate an exponential growth in global patenting activity. In the United States of America, France and Germany, equal number of patents were filed by commercial manufacturers and individual inventors. In Asian countries like Japan, China and South Korea, individual inventors were far ahead of commercial manufacturers in filing patents. In the field of sports, equipment inventions and its up-scaling (i.e. production) are not limited to commercial manufacturers. Increase in lead user inventions indicates the existence of innovative gaps among the available sports equipment. By taking into account the needs of users, manufacturers can develop novel products which would help in getting a stronghold in the market.|
|ISSN:||0975-1076 (Online); 0971-7544 (Print)|
|Appears in Collections:||JIPR Vol.18(5) [September 2013]|
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