Research project on the use of information in the innovation process

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What type of information supports the innovation process in your organisation?

Why this survey?

The mission statement of the European Patent Office (EPO) is that “we support innovation, competitiveness and economic growth across Europe through a commitment to high quality and efficient services”. One of these services is “patent information”.

Patent information is the name we give to the technical information found in patent documents, including legal and business-relevant information. The EPO provides access to the largest single source of technical information in the world our databases containing millions of patent documents.

The EPO would like to find out what types and sources of information support organisations in their innovation process, including, but not limited to, patent information. In this context, we would like to find out how important patent information is as a source of information, and the part it plays in supporting innovation. To this end, the EPO has chosen to conduct a survey.

Who should participate in the survey?

Research project on the use of information in the innovation process

This survey is aimed at the actors of the innovation process in Europe. We would like to hear from professionals from all four phases of the innovation process: fundamental research, applied research, development/prototyping and commercialisation.

About the survey

The survey will be accessible online from 12 October 2016 and will be available in English, German and French. You can access it by using the following link:

The survey will be carried out on behalf of the EPO by the Dutch company Motivaction.

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