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DIAZ PEREZ, Maidelyn; OREA IGARZA, Uvaldo  y  CORDERO MACHADO, Elena. Patent analysis as a basis for decision making in search projects: Study of a case . ACIMED [online]. 2007, vol.16, n.2. ISSN 1024-9435.

The last century demonstrated that a country’s capacity of technological innovation has become a decisive factor of its socio-economical results. This state of affairs, among other causes, has brought about a strong tendency towards the analysis of different specialized information sources, with the intention of setting a course towards even more radical and successful innovations. Among these information sources, patent documents stand out as main protagonists. The analysis with metric techniques of the information contained in the patents has become one of the main tools for the modeling of the technological scenarios of countries, enterprises, research institutes, subject matters, projects, etcetera. Based on the use of a series of metric indicators, it is possible to identify patterns and tendencies, with the available technological evidence, as well as to detect possible unidentified innovation social webs with a different  investigative behavior, which is useful for, among other functions, the making of opportune decisions if the investigation so requires. To illustrate this project was used a practical case: the project: Chemical Composition of the Wood, Bark and Foliage of Three Species of Eucalyptus in the Province of Pinar del Río. The records of patents from the United States database were used as information source, and processed with a tool of our own, developed by the University of Pinar del Río and Ucinet, a software to represent the possibly existing webs. The obtained results made possible the reorientation of the research towards more promising aspects.

Palabras clave : Patent information; innovation; bibliometric indicators; social webs; patent data presentation; patent analysis software; essential oils of eucalyptus citriodora.

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