Administrative culture

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Contextual Introduction:

This is one of many nationally and otherwise variable factors affecting the contemporaneous structuring and processing and documentation of particular inventions. This affects our apprehension of all “data”, and, in so far as any fraction of inventors did thorough research into pre-existing patents, there is an effect upon ongoing innovation itself.

The phrase “administrative culture” was generated, on our end, in response to growing indications that there is a relation, though an imperfect one, more per se quantifiable data such as patents filed, by nation and by tech field and so forth. So this latter sort of data is pertinent, and relatively “hard”, and ascertainable, over time and in the process of integrating a wide variety of online and offline resources. The relation of this data to the more abstract “innovation”, and even relative to technology itself, is something to be characterized, and, “determined”, at least relatively speaking.

This “culture” varies from nation to nation, and evolves, somewhat in response to one nation's challenges at interfacing with the international context. Why France, for instance, uniquely it seems, has the Certificat d'addition as a nominally distinct document type, why other nations have “addition” patents, to varying degrees, and the consistency with which any of these or other protocols are employed, why one nation would legislate that its patent classification system should be based upon the German, regardless of how deeply or superficially this is actually applied, and why another nation may lean in a similar direction, without the legislation ; these are all phenomena of “administrative culture”.

The principle and theory of “administrative culture”, beyond our own specific and partially responsive needs, has been further elaborated by others.

Any number of contemporaneous or a posteriori (largely digital) aspects of administrative culture may affect our acquisition of data.

Particular fields key to the phenomena of this “culture”:

(To the French, this was not a “brevet”, though it is legally equal to a “patent”, for almost all purposes and in terms of international law. National systems other than the French have cases in which one patent is an “addition” to another.)

(This is an instance in which internationally variable protocols have a fairly serious effect on our gathering of data. A multitude of nations, for instance, became signatories to the Convention de Paris pour la protection de la propriété industrielle. This makes recognition of the international “priority date” legally binding, upon those nations. How prominently said date is displayed, if it is displayed at all, varies greatly between the nations. More precise and consistent display suits our needs greatly, of course, in terms gathering bulk data and in terms of establishing relations between data points.)

Other sources on administrative culture: