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Title: Patents in a Small Developing Economy: A Case Study of Sri Lanka
Authors: Amaradasa, R M W
Silva, M A T De
Pathirage, R P
Issue Date: Sep-2002
Publisher: CSIR
Abstract:  Patent counts have been useful in measuring research output. Patents can also be used to understand innovative trends. Sri Lanka being a small island nation with an equally small scientific resource base, such measures have not been considered useful or meaningful. However, the growth pattern of patent grants over the period 1980-1998 shows an increasing interest of Sri Lankan scientists and technologists on the economic significance of intellectual property protection. In the current study patent registrations have been re-classified on a basis that is of relevance to Sri Lanka. On the basis of this classification, motivational factors for innovation in two economic sectors have been reviewed in the context of a changing economic scenario. In the construction industry sector, the study concludes that rapid economic growth consequent to a shift to a free market economy, had motivated innovation. While in the rubber production and processing sector, an international market threat had been countered by innovations for diversification and transformation of the industry from an almost total export orientation to that of import substitution.
Page(s): 395-404
ISSN: 0975-1076 (Online); 0971-7544 (Print)
Source:JIPR Vol.07(5) [September 2002]

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