I am a researcher at the Max-Weber-Institute of Sociology in Heidelberg. (→ Read a short bio.)
A Visual History of Patent Protection3 September 2021
I noticed that most articles in economic journals avoid to visualize the scores of patent rights indexes. But doing so is quite helpful to understand how patentability, compulsory licensing and patent terms have changed over time.
The following graphs are based on the widely used patent rights index by Park and colleagues. This index is available for 122 countries over 55 years and consist of five main categories:
coverage + membership + loss of rights + duration + enforcement Coverage A country has high coverage, according to the index, if it grants patents for formerly unpatentable „technologies“:
El Greco color palette for R9 June 2020
I have created a small R package with color palettes from El Greco paintings. It’s available on Github: https://github.com/markushlang/elgreco