Technological innovation capabilities in Spain through a patents’ qualitative analysis.

The technological innovation is a complex process critical to the manufacturing of new products. This process is a key factor to understand the technological level of a country, but it is not easy its measurement. It is widely accepted that technological innovation is related to several Research and Development (R&D) indicators, as well as some technological cap abilities. Patents are indicators of the invention processes results, and also of the firm technological innovation processes. This paper analizes the Spanish technologial innovation capabilities through the study of the patent demands in different industries, taking into account the technological cooperation intensity and the patent quality (measured by the number of affected recoverings.