, Volume 71, Issue 3, pp 509–522 | Cite as

Factors to evaluate a patent in addition to citations



The emergence of patent citations as a tool for patent estimation has been subjected to equally vocal champions and critics. In additional to patent citation, this article aims to contribute other factors, including court decisions, claim language, extension cases, patent family and portfolio, which should be deliberated during patent evaluation. It introduces the subject-matter by discussing the specialties and peculiarities of these proposed factors. Furthermore, comparisons between the patent citations and these factors are presented by illustrating several well-known patents. The results of the comparisons reveal that an adverse conclusion might be drawn if a patent is estimated only based on citations. The conclusion supports Meyer’s study that “the general nature of a common framework for both scientific and patent citations would severely limit its usefulness.” Therefore, those factors discussed in the article would be a great asset in patent evaluation. However, it only illustrates their impact on patent estimation using a couple well-known patents. Future research would be needed to investigate these factors in a more detailed manner.


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© Akadémiai Kiadó 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Experimental SurgeryTaipei Veterans General HospitalTaipeiTaiwan
  2. 2.Institute of Biomedical EngineeringNational Yang-Ming UniversityTaipeiTaiwan
  3. 3.National Taiwan University of Science and TechnologyTaipeiTaiwan

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