21st Century Innovation Systems for Japan and the United States: Lessons from a Decade of Change: Report of a Symposium
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Recognizing that a capacity to innovate and commercialize new high-technology products is increasingly a key for the economic growth in the environment of tighter environmental and resource constraints, governments around the world have taken active steps to strengthen their national innovation systems.

These steps underscore the belief of these governments that the rising costs and risks associated with new potentially high-payoff technologies, their spillover or externality-generating effects and the growing global competition, require national R&D programs to support the innovations by new and existing high-technology firms within their borders.

The National Research Council's Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy (STEP) has embarked on a study of selected foreign innovation programs in comparison with major U.S. programs. The "21st Century Innovation Systems for the United States and Japan: Lessons from a Decade of Change" symposium reviewed government programs and initiatives to support the development of small- and medium-sized enterprises, government-university- industry collaboration and consortia, and the impact of the intellectual property regime on innovation. This book brings together the papers presented at the conference and provides a historical context of the issues discussed at the symposium.


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304 pages | 6 x 9
ISBN: 978-0-309-13662-4

Table of Contents

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Front Matter i-xviii
Introduction: The Chrysanthemum Meets the Eagle: The Co-evolution of Innovation Policies in Japan and the United States--Sadao Nagaoka and Kenneth Flamm 3-18
Overview--Sadao Nagaoka, Kenneth Flamm, and Masayuki Kondo 21-26
Technology Policies in Japan: 1990 to the Present--Akira Goto and Kazuyuki Motohashi 29-39
Reform of University Research System in Japan: Where Do They Stand?--Ryuji Shimoda 40-56
Government's Evolving Role in Supporting Corporate R&D in the United States: Theory, Practice, and Results in the Advanced Technology Program--Stephanie Shipp and Marc Stanley 57-76
Government Programs to Encourage Innovation by Startups & SMEs: The Role of Innovation Awards--Charles W. Wessner 77-94
Programs to Stimulate Startups and Entrepreneurship in Japan: Experiences and Lessons--Takehiko Yasuda 95-107
Economic Impacts of International R&D Coordination: SEMATECH and the International Technology Roadmap--Kenneth Flamm 108-125
Semiconductor Consortia in Japan: Experiences and Lessons for the Future--Shuzo Fujimura 126-137
Issues in and Possible Reforms of the U.S. Patent System--Bronwyn H. Hall 138-152
Reform of Patent System in Japan and Challenges--Sadao Nagaoka 153-168
Industry-University R&D Partnerships in the United States--Irwin Feller 169-185
University-Industry Partnerships in Japan--Masayuki Kondo 186-205
The Connected Science Model for Innovation - The DARPA Role--William B. Bonvillian 206-237
Public-Private Linkage in Biomedical Research in Japan: Lessons of the 1990s--Yosuke Okada, Kenta Nakamura, and Akira Tohei 238-250
Appendix A: Symposium Agenda 253-259
Appendix B: Bibliography 260-284
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