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Definition: Acquisition of disembodied technology as part of the innovation process

R & D - Oslo Manual

Acquisition of disembodied technology includes acquisition of external technology in the form of patents, non-patented inventions, licences, disclosure of know-how, trademarks, designs, patterns and computer and other scientific and technical services related to the implementation of TPP innovations, plus the acquisition of packaged software that is not classified elsewhere.
Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and Statistical Office of the European Communities (Eurostat), "The measurement of scientific and technological activities: proposed guidelines for collecting and interpreting technological innovation data: Oslo manual)", Second Edition, Paris, 1997