OECD Science, Technology and Industry Scoreboard 2009

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At a time when world economy is in the midst of the most severe economic downturn since the Great Depression, the OECD Science, Technology and Industry Scoreboard 2009 provides the statistical information necessary to define a response to the global challenges accompanying the downturn.

This edition of the  Scoreboard  illustrates and analyses a wide set of indicators of science, technology, globalisation and industrial performance in OECD and major non-OECD countries (notably Brazil, Russia, India, Indonesia, China and South Africa). Indicators are organised around five issues: responding to the economic crisis, targeting new growth areas, competing in the world economy, connecting to global research, and investing in the knowledge economy. The Scoreboard also includes StatLinks, "clickable" access to the underlying data in Excel® spreadsheets.

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Trademarks over the business cycle

Trademark data are a possible source of information on innovative activity. Firms use them in practice to launch new products on the market in order to signal novelty, and to appropriate the benefits of their innovations. It has been shown that the number of trademark applications is highly correlated to other innovation indicators. Trademarks can then complement the other indicators. As their perimeter of applications is very broad, they can convey information not only on product innovations, but also on marketing innovation and innovations in the service sectors. One advantage of using trademarks as an innovation indicator is that the data relating to trademark applications are publicly available immediately after the filing. Trademark-based indicators can then provide up-to-date information on the level of innovative activity.

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