The global share allows for a robust comparison of technological competitiveness
Since worldwide patent numbers continually rise, an increase in a company’s patents per technology is first of all a sign of increased patent activity but it is not in itself a sign of increased competitiveness in this technology. Increased activity can be offset by an even higher activity by a competitor in the field. However, if one puts the patent activity of a company in relation to the worldwide patent activity, the result is the global share of the company in this technology. This shows the importance of a company compared to the global dynamics in this technology and at the same time the relative competitiveness compared to other companies.