AsianScientist (Aug. 30, 2016) – The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) almost doubled its share of the world’s scientific literature, and increased its patenting activity, a common industry measure of innovation, by more than 40 percent in the last three years.
These are just some of the key findings from the “ASEAN – The Emerging Research and Innovation Hub” report produced by the Intellectual Property & Science (IP & Science) business of Thomson Reuters, which suggests that the ASEAN region is becoming a hub of research and innovation activity.
The regional research output is dominated by research communities in Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand, which account for 85 percent of the region’s research publications followed by a second group comprising Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines.
Some key findings from the report are:
- The ASEAN group has nearly doubled its share of the world’s scientific literature, as indexed in the Web of Science, from 1.37 percent in 2006 to 2.43 percent in 2015.
- Malaysia, Brunei and Vietnam have all sharply increased their output of research papers in the last decade, with each posting gains of at least 300 percent between 2006 and 2015.
- Patenting activity from the ASEAN group has increased more than 40 percent in the last three years.
- Patent filings by domestic organizations as a proportion of total filings have risen from less than 9 percent in 2005 to nearly 12.5 percent in 2014, suggesting that the ASEAN nations’ investment in home-grown R&D efforts is beginning to yield benefits.
- The technology concentration of the ASEAN group, as reflected in patents, is focused more towards the chemical, agricultural and medicinal sectors and less toward semiconductors and telecommunications.
Source: Thomson Reuters; Photo: Shutterstock.
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