"WORLDPROCESSOR: Zones of Invention -- Patterns of Patents"
June 10, 2010
"WORLDPROCESSOR: Zones of Invention -- Patterns of Patents" by Ingo Gunther, New York, NY The Worldprocessor-globe based image plots the total amount of patents granted worldwide, beginning in 1883 with just under 50,000, and continuing to 2002 on a rapid climb towards 1 million, the x-y parameters of the annually shifting amount of total patents granted worldwide is plotted around a globe by a line graph. Though other cartographically related information distorts as a result, by preserving the plotted line as an uninterrupted constant, an overview of this rapid escalation is derived through the reconstitution of four different perspectives into a single image. Geographic regions where countries offer environments conducive to fostering innovation are represented by topology. Additionally, nations where residents are granted an average of 500 or more U.S. patents per year are called out in red by their respective averages in the years after 2000. This research is supported by the National Science Foundation (under grant IIS 02-38261) and by Indiana University. (Date of Image: December 2005)