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The Innovation Analysis Bulletin (IAB) provides statistical and analytical updates on government science and technology activities, industrial research and development, intellectual property commercialization, advanced technology and innovation, biotechnology, information society, telecommunications and broadcasting, and electronic commerce.

Articles in this issue

How do innovative manufacturing establishments acquire knowledge and technology: Findings from the 2005 Survey of Innovation

The 2005 Survey of Innovation asked innovative manufacturing establishments questions related to how they acquired knowledge and technology for innovation and from whom. This article analyzes the two-thirds of manufacturing establishments that were innovative – that is they introduced a new or significantly improved product or process during the three reference years, 2002 to 2004– and sheds light on their purchase of knowledge and technology, the importance of information sources, and their collaborative partners.
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Innovative biotech firms: Early results from the 2005 Biotechnology Use and Development Survey

Preliminary data from the Biotechnology Use and Development Survey (BUDS) 2005 indicate that growth continued in the sector, but at a slower pace than has been reported in earlier years. This article highlights some key biotechnology indicators for innovative biotech firms in Canada, by sector, size and province.
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Innovative establishments in ICT service industries

Advances in science, medical research and information and communications technologies (ICTs) are bringing about significant economic and societal transformations, the full impacts of which are only beginning to emerge. Canada's ICT sector, comprised of both manufacturing and service industries, is one of several important players in the strategy towards improving the country's innovation performance. In particular, the ICT service industries are leading the way in terms of economic growth and innovative activity.
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Innovation indicators: More than technology?

The third edition of the Oslo Manual poses several challenges to future innovation surveys: measuring organizational innovation and marketing innovation; coping with complex and multinational organizations; understanding innovation in services and low-tech manufacturing.
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Size counts: Outcomes of intellectual property (IP) commercialization

This article uses data from the 2004 Survey of Intellectual Property Commercialization in the Higher Education Sector to examine the relationship between the amount of research conducted and the outcomes of intellectual property (IP) commercialization. The results show that most university IP commercialization is taking place in large institutions. In addition, income per total active license was lowest for small universities ($4,000) and increased with university size. However, hospitals had the highest income per total active license ($29,000) compared to $25,000 overall.
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Canada's top online spenders: Who are they and what are they buying?

The Internet has changed the way many Canadians conduct their everyday activities, from viewing weather, news and sports to banking and paying bills. It has also changed the way many shop. In 2005, Canadians placed almost 50 million online orders valued at $7.9 billion. However, many of these orders were made by a relatively small group of people. In fact, Canada's top online spenders represented fewer than 7% of adult Canadians and accounted for three-quarters of total online expenditures to consumers. Who are these Canadians and what are they buying?
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Examining barriers to business e-commerce

In 2005, only 6% of Canadian firms sold goods online. Even though 43% of firms made purchases online, it appears that the majority of firms are still having difficulties adapting their business to the online environment or are simply choosing not to do so. In order for Canadian electronic commerce to continue its growth, it is important to identify the barriers and explore what firm characteristics, such as size and sector, may influence these barriers.
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Retirement of Janet Thompson

In January 2007, colleagues and friends wished Janet Thompson well as she ended her 35½ year career with Statistics Canada, of which 32 years were spent in the field of science and technology.
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