A New Method of Creating Technology/Function Matrix for Systematic Innovation without Expert

Tien-Yuan Cheng


The technology/function matrix is comprised by specific technologies and functions, and through the technology/function matrix we can known what the technologies with functions have opportunities for innovation of product or technology. However, the technology/function matrix is very difficult to create, because the patents need to be read, analyzed and categorized into the technology/function matrix always more than hundreds or thousands. In this research, I propose a method to create a technology/function matrix just need to execute patent search without reading and analyzing patents. Through the proposed method anyone can create a technology/function matrix in a short time without experts’ help even if there are thousands of thousands of patents need to be read and analyzed.


Technology/Function Matrix; Patent Map; Patent Search; Patent Classification; Systematic Innovation

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-27242012000100008

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