Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

Do Important Inventions Benefit from Knowledge Originating in Other Technological Domains?

Increasing citations to previous patents is a significantly less important predictor of a patent's importance than citing previous patents that are technologically closer.

Additional Info

  • Volume or issue no.: La Follette School Working Paper No. 2011-014
  • Author(s): Gregory F. Nemet and Evan Johnson