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Acquisition of technology and knowledge involves the purchase of external knowledge and technology without active co operation with the source. This external knowledge can be embodied in machinery or equipment that incorporates this knowledge. It can also include the hiring of employees who possess the new knowledge, or the use of contract research and consulting services. Disembodied technology or knowledge also includes other know-how, patents, licences, trademarks and software.

Source Publication:
OECD, 2005, “The Measurement of Scientific and Technological Activities: Guidelines for Collecting and Interpreting Innovation Data: Oslo Manual, Third Edition” prepared by the Working Party of National Experts on Scientific and Technology Indicators, OECD, Paris, para. 269.

Statistical Theme: Science and technology statistics

Created on Friday, September 9, 2005