Definition: Domestic patent applications
Research and development
Number of domestic patent applications in a given year. Depending on the data available, this indicator can be split according to the field of technology or by economic activity. To avoid problems resulting from differing patenting procedures and ensure that only economically important patent applications are taken into consideration, data on patent applications should be taken directly from the databases of international institutions such as the European Patent Office.
Eurostat, "The regional dimension of R&D and innovations statistics - Regional manual", Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, Luxembourg, 1996, p. 6