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.
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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
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