In this series of papers I investigate the “shadowed” areas of the innovation ecosystem, and critically explore whether Intellectual Property law adequately handles cases that deviate from our paradigmatic perceptions of innovation. See also my op-ed “On Legal Research, Intellectual Property, Dwarfs and Giants” @YNET.
Neil Gandal, Michal Shur-Ofry, Michael Crystal & Royee Shilony, Out of Sight: A Study of Uncited Patents, 126,Scientometrics pp. 2903–2929 (2021) https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11192-020-03849-z, draft available at SSRN
Studying the patent citation network increases our understanding of innovation processes. But what about patents that receive no citations? This research focuses on uncited patents, analyzing data on all US patents issued during a period of over thirty years. We find a substantial increase in the ratio of uncited patents during the second half of that period, and discuss its possible causes and significance.
Michal Shur-Ofry, Are There Links Between Inventions? 240 Eynaim—The Multidisciplinary Children’s Magazine, (August, 2020)
This piece, written for a multidisciplinary children's magazine, discusses the different links between inventions, and includes insights about linear vs. nonlinear innovation, the importance of errors, interdisciplinarity, and networks (Hebrew).