Journal of Bionic Engineering

, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp 39–41 | Cite as

Patented Biologically-inspired technological innovations: A twenty year view

  • Richard H. C. BonserEmail author


Publication rate of patents can be a useful measure of innovation and productivity in fields of science and technology. To assess the growth in industrially-important research, I conducted an appraisal of patents published between 1985 and 2005 on online databases using keywords chosen to select technologies arising as a result of biological inspiration.

Whilst the total number of patents increased over the period examined, those with biomimetic content had increased faster as a proportion of total patent publications. Logistic regression analysis reveals that we may be a little over half way through an initial innovation cycle inspired by biological systems.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for BiomimeticsUniversity of ReadingReadingUK

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