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Measuring the Digital Transformation

A Roadmap for the Future

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Measuring the Digital Transformation: A Roadmap for the Future provides new insights into the state of the digital transformation by mapping indicators across a range of areas – from education and innovation, to trade and economic and social outcomes – against current digital policy issues, as presented in Going Digital: Shaping Policies, Improving Lives. In so doing, it identifies gaps in the current measurement framework, assesses progress made towards filling these gaps and sets-out a forward-looking measurement roadmap. The goal is to expand the evidence base, as a means to lay the ground for more robust policies for growth and well-being in the digital era.

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Technology across borders

Digital technologies are often widely applicable and globally marketable, leading inventors to seek intellectual property protection for them in multiple markets. The United States is an especially important market, as almost all (92%) IP5 patent families (patents filed in two or more countries, at least one being in the top 5 national patent offices) for ICT-related technologies are filed at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). China has the second most filings at almost 60%. The top inventor country for ICT-related IP5 patent families filed at the USPTO is Japan (24%), rather than the United States (17%), but US-located inventors account for around a quarter of ICT-related IP5 patent families at the European Patent Office and over half at patent offices in Canada, Australia and Israel.

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