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Concerns about the consequences of patenting on Scientometric research

Abstract: 
Our concerns about the practice of patenting scientometric techniques began with an electronic notification alerting one of us to a patent entitled “Scientometric methods for identifying emerging technologies” (Abercrombie et al., 2015). This came to our attention after we had already embarked on a research program to apply scientometric methods for the identification of emerging technologies here at the JRC.