Although nearly all previous studies in the patent domain are focused on invention patents,
design patents have also become more and more important because of the continuous escalating and
record-breaking compensation for design patent infringement. In fact, over the past few years, the
number of Design Patent Research (DPR) has increased substantially. In this study, the investigators
explored the development trend of DPR by thoroughly reviewing the three major periodical index databases
in the world, and they are (1) Social Science Citation Index (SSCI), (2) Science Citation Index (SCI) and (3) Engineering
Index (EI). The investigators also analyzed the samples in three stages. The study results showed the development
trend of global design patent research between 1998 and 2013 (for a total of 16 years). The study provides future
DPR with critical reference.
Keywords: Development trends, design patents, global, patent research.
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