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Exploring Technology Evolution Using Patent Classification: A Case of Cochlear Implant Technology Patents

Arunagiri, Srigowtham and Mathew, Mary (2014) Exploring Technology Evolution Using Patent Classification: A Case of Cochlear Implant Technology Patents. In: 2014 PORTLAND INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON MANAGEMENT OF ENGINEERING & TECHNOLOGY (PICMET), JUL 27-31, 2014, Portland Int Ctr Management Engn & Technol, Japan Chapter, Kanazawa, JAPAN, pp. 1459-1470.

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Understanding technology evolution through periodic landscaping is an important stage of strategic planning in R&D Management. In fields like that of healthcare, where the initial R&D investment is huge and good medical product serve patients better, these activities become crucial. Approximately five percentage of the world population has hearing disabilities. Current hearing aid products meet less than ten percent of the global needs. Patent data and classifications on cochlear implants from 1977-2010, show the landscapes and evolution in the area of such implant. We attempt to highlight emergence and disappearance of patent classes over period of time showing variations in cochlear implant technologies. A network analysis technique is used to explore and capture technology evolution in patent classes showing what emerged or disappeared over time. Dominant classes are identified. The sporadic influence of university research in cochlear implants is also discussed.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Series.: Portland International Conference on Management of Engineering and Technology
Publisher: IEEE
Additional Information: Copy right for this article belongs to the IEEE, 345 E 47TH ST, NEW YORK, NY 10017 USA
Department/Centre: Division of Interdisciplinary Sciences > Management Studies
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2015 07:24
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2015 09:39
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/51751

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