Research Programs: Technology and Innovation

Research on Innovation Process and its Institutional Infrastructure

Project Leader/Sub-Leader


NAGAOKA Sadao (Program Director, Faculty Fellow)



This project aims at deepening our understanding of the innovation process in Japan from an international perspective and at providing analysis serving the evidence-based innovation policy making, exploiting the two rounds of large scale survey of inventors as well as complementary statistics. The study focuses on the design of the intellectual property system for innovation (institutional sources of the variation of patent values in the United States and Japan, employee inventor rights, disclosure as knowledge source, and patent system as seen by startups and foreign firms), research and development (R&D) productivity (inventor life-cycle productivity, patents as a cluster, standard-based innovation), and university-industry collaborations (effects of the acquisition of legal person status by national universities, matching between industrial innovation and higher education). The project pursues international research collaborations with leading scholars abroad.

June 10, 2013 - May 31, 2015

Major Research Results


RIETI Discussion Papers


RIETI Discussion Papers


RIETI Discussion Papers