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IFI Data Enhancements Simplify Complex Patent Expiration Rules

  • Posted August 16th 2017, 1:48 PM
  • By lcady

The 20 Year Term Rule

As a general rule of thumb, the effective life of a patent extends to 20 years from the application date.  This rule has changed over time.  For example, in the US, the rule was 17 years from the grant date prior to 1978.  Some countries have different rules, but the major patent granting authorities, including the European Patent Office, Germany, China, Japan and Korea all…

New Country Coverage & Translations

  • Posted August 16th 2017, 1:08 PM
  • By lcady
At IFI CLAIMS®, we're always seeking to expand our data coverage. We recently released national patent office data for:
  • Austria
  • Brazil
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan

We have also released machine translations for Canadian applications and grants originally published in French by the Canadian Patent Office. This data is available to CLAIMS Direct Premium subscribers. 

New Country Coverage Details and Examples

Select the Right Patent Data Source for Your Big Data Project

  • Posted June 16th 2017, 4:17 PM
  • By lcady

IFI CLAIMS Patent Data is ideal for Big Data analytics.

IFI CLAIMS Announces 2016 U.S. Patent Ranking

  • Posted January 6th 2017, 3:30 PM
  • By admin

Contact:      Tom Kivett
                  Kivett & Company Communications
                  (212) 727-2935

IFI CLAIMS Announces Top Recipients of U.S. Patents in 2016

  • New record for most U.S. patents in single year
  • IBM tops list again breaking its all-time high
  • 50 percent of all Top 50 grants attributed to Asia

2016 U.S. Patent Trends & Insights

  • Posted January 6th 2017, 3:28 PM
  • By admin

IBM and Samsung Up; Google and Apple Steady

IBM saw a nearly 10% increase in US utility grants in 2016. IBM saw significant percentage increases in CPC patent classes G06F (Electrical Digital Data Processing)—18% and H04L (Transmission of Digital Information)—25%. These are the areas where most of IBM's patent grants are classified. Samsung's grant count increased almost 9% with large gains in G06F and H04W (Wireless Communications Networks).…

IFI Has Not Forgotten About Design Patents: The US Design Top 50

  • Posted September 5th 2016, 6:49 PM
  • By lcady
by Larry Cady, IFI CLAIMS Patent Services

In the US, designs can be patented.  According to the US Patent & Trademark Office:

A design consists of the visual ornamental characteristics embodied in, or applied to, an article of manufacture. […] A design patent protects only the appearance of the article and not structural or utilitarian features.

Design patents are often overlooked and…

IFI Patent Status Indicator Now Available for EP Documents: An Example

  • Posted July 26th 2016, 3:16 PM
  • By lcady

How do you tell if a patent is in force in a European country?  IFI CLAIMS can now provide an easy answer. 

The IFI Patent Status indicator is a value added patent data field produced by IFI CLAIMS and available in our XML database.  For patent grants, the value can be:

  • “Active”
  • “Active – Reinstated”
  • “Expired – Fee Related“
  • “Expired - Lifetime”
  • “Ceased” (no longer active due to failure to

The Rapid Growth in Chinese Semiconductor Patents

  • Posted March 14th 2016, 2:00 PM
  • By lcady

The number of Chinese semiconductor patents grew rapidly in 2015 compared to 2014.  IFI CLAIMS has found that the number of Chinese semiconductor patent grants jumped by 88%.   IFI CLAIMS looked at patents granted by the Chinese Patent Office for patent applications with Chinese priority.  Focusing on applications with Chinese priority emphasizes technology developed in China.  IFI used the international…

Korean Patent Office Leads in 2015 Patent Pendency, EPO and DE Lag

  • Posted February 25th 2016, 12:26 PM
  • By lcady

Patent pendency is the time between a patent's filing data and its grant or issue date. IFI CLAIMS has examined patent pendency across the world’s major patent offices.  The figure below shows the mean pendency for patents issued in 2015.  The size of each symbol reflects the number of grants issued by each office.  
Patent Pendency Across the Major Patent Offices - 2015

IFI CLAIMS Announces 2015 U.S. Patent Rankings

  • Posted January 12th 2016, 1:54 PM
  • By admin
Contact:            Tom Kivett
                        Kivett & Company Communications
                        (212) 727-2935
IFI CLAIMS Announces 2015 U.S. Patent Rankings

IBM, Samsung and Canon Keep Top Slots While Rest of Top 50 Get Shuffled; U.S. Patent Counts Down for First Time Since 2007

MADISON, Conn.,…

2015 U.S. Patent Trends & Insights

  • Posted January 12th 2016, 1:51 PM
  • By admin

Concentration at the Top: The Top 50 patent assignees together received 79,052 utility grants, or 26% of the total.  IFI tracks assignees and found that 42,864 unique assignees received utility grants in 2015.  11,109 appeared for the first time in 2015.  This means that 26% of all patents go to the top 0.1% of patenting organizations. 
Patents with no assignee accounted for 6% of the total.  Unassigned patents include patents granted to individual inventors working independently of an…

IFI CLAIMS veröffentlicht die Top 50 der Deutschen Patentanmelder 2015

  • Posted January 12th 2016, 1:49 PM
  • By admin
(for an English translation click here)

Contact:           Marc Solfrian                                          Tom Kivett
                       IFI CLAIMS Patent Services (Munich)        Kivett & Company (U.S.)
                       +49 172 8881218                                   +1 (212) 727-2935

2015 IFI CLAIMS Patentierungs- Trends Deutschland

  • Posted January 12th 2016, 1:43 PM
  • By admin

(for English translation click here)

Anmelder:  In Deutschland wird die Liste der Top 50 von der Automobil und der Zulieferindustrie angeführt.  Im Vergleich dazu sind dies in den USA die Computer- und Telekommunikations Unternehmen. 

Klassifikationen:  Die Top Klassifikationen in 2015 sind:

2015 DE CPC 2015 count Beschreibung
Y10T 714 Metallverarbeitung und Metalwaren –Verbindungen

The USPTO’s PTAB is very busy - and why it matters

  • Posted July 30th 2015, 5:40 PM
  • By lcady

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) was formed as part of the December 2014 America Invents Act (AIA).

The PTAB makes decisions on patentability after the initial patent examination.  Anyone can appeal an examiner’s decision on patentability or the rejection of claims.  Specifically, the PTAB deals with Inter Partes Disputes.  These include:

  • Inter Partes Review (IPR)
  • Post Grant Review

2014 U.S. Patent Trends & Insights

  • Posted January 11th 2015, 11:48 AM
  • By admin

Contact:            Tom Kivett
                        Kivett & Company Communications
                        (212) 727-2935
2014 U.S. Patent Trends & Insights
MADISON, Conn., Jan. 12, 2015 — IFI CLAIMS® Patent Services, the leading producer of global patent databases, analytic solutions and innovative web services, has…

IFI CLAIMS Announces 2014 Top U.S. Patent Recipients

  • Posted January 11th 2015, 11:38 AM
  • By admin
Contact:            Tom Kivett
                        Kivett & Company Communications
                        (212) 727-2935

U.S. Companies See Major Gains Including Record Best for #1 IBM; #8 Google’s Induction into Top 10 in Close Pursuit of #7 Qualcomm and Only 263 Patents Shy of #5 Microsoft

MADISON, Conn., Jan.

Hovering over the Drone Patent Landscape

  • Posted November 19th 2014, 4:54 PM
  • By lcady
By Serguei Carrascosa and Enric Escorsa from IALE Tecnologia

As it occurs with many disruptive technologies, drones (technically known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles {UAVs}) owe their development to the defense industry.  In the last couple of years we have witnessed the widespread adoption of this technology for civilian use.  Governments are adjusting airspace regulations to accommodate…

The IP Landscape for Wearables with Augmented Reality

  • Posted July 9th 2014, 3:33 PM
  • By lcady

Elicet Cruz PhD., IALE Tecnologia, S.L.

You probably know Google Glass; who doesn’t…

It is Google’s flagship product expected to become massive in the market this year [1].  With Google Glass, the Mountain View California based company broke into the global market for wearable and augmented reality technologies.

Figure1 Google Glass patent application: U.S. 20130044042 A1 "Wearable device with input and output structures". Source: IFI CLAIMS Patent Services.

CLAIMS Direct 2.0 - Detailed Examples of Value Added Content

  • Posted June 3rd 2014, 6:15 PM
  • By lcady
IFI CLAIMS has recently released CLAIMS Direct 2.0 - a major upgrade to its pioneering patent web service.  CLAIMS Direct 2.0 combines IFI's global patent database and RESTful API delivery system with its value added US patent database.  IFI's value added content includes:
  • Assignee Name Standardization
  • Assignment of Probable Assignee Names to US pre-grant publication that do not include assignee information.

Sony Corporation Patents: 2010-2013

  • Posted April 7th 2014, 1:29 PM
  • By lcady

Sony has a long history of innovation, and their patenting activity reflects this.  Sony is consistently in the IFI CLAIMS Patent Rankings’ Top 50.  For 2013, Sony ranked #4 with 3,098 utility patent grants. This represents a slight increase of 2012 where Sony had 3,032 utility grants.  Sony trails Canon (3,825) and leads Microsoft (2,660). 

Sony’s 2013 Fiscal Year revenue was $72.3B.  In…

2013 U.S. Patent Trends & Insights

  • Posted January 13th 2014, 3:19 PM
  • By admin

Contact:            Tom Kivett
                        Kivett & Company Communications
                        (212) 727-2935
2013 U.S. Patent Trends & Insights
MADISON, Conn., Jan. 14, 2014 — IFI CLAIMS® Patent Services, the leading producer of global patent databases, analytic solutions and innovative web services, has…

IFI CLAIMS Announces Top U.S. Patent Assignees of 2013

  • Posted January 13th 2014, 12:37 PM
  • By admin
 Contact:           Tom Kivett
                        Kivett & Company Communications
                        (212) 727-2935

IBM on Top Again; Qualcomm Breaks into Top 10 and Google Bests Apple as Both Jump into Top 20 for First Time

MADISON, Conn., Jan. 14, 2014 — IFI CLAIMS® Patent Services, the leading producer…

BLOG: 3D Printing - The Patent Landscape

  • Posted December 9th 2013, 1:46 PM
  • By lcady
By Elicet Cruz PhD., S. L. from IALE Tecnologia

3D Printing is currently a much discussed topic.  This blog post examines the patent landscape of this important technology.  

What is 3D printing?

3D printing involves a series of manufacturing technologies allowing for the creation of volumetric objects by superimposing successive layers of a given material based on a three-dimensional…

IFI's U.S. Patent Collection Available on STN in One Database

  • Posted September 11th 2013, 8:00 AM
  • By admin

IFI CLAIMS®Patent Services, a leading producer of global patent databases, analytic solutions and innovative web services, and STN®, a leading online database service that provides global access to patents and published research, today announced the availability of IFIALL on the STN platform.  The most comprehensive U.S. patent collection, IFIALL combines three IFI CLAIMS patent databases into a single file to make patent searches faster and easier for STN searchers.

Patents on Aging

  • Posted August 16th 2013, 2:34 PM
  • By lcady

By: Enric Escorsa O’Callaghan, IALE Tecnologia, S.L.

The world’s population is rapidly aging - according to the World Health Organization (WHO), in almost every country, the proportion of people aged over 60 years is growing faster than any other age group. Within 35 years, there will be more people alive older than 60, than there are people younger than 15.

The effects of the population…

Tony Trippe of Patinformatics Describes Patent Classification

  • Posted August 13th 2013, 8:23 PM
  • By lcady

Tony Trippe of Patinformatics LLC is writing an excellent series of technical blog posts discussing patent clustering, visualization and especially classification.  

Part 1 of the projected three part series describes the difference between clustering and classification.  The most popular technical approaches are discussed. 

Part 2 describes binary classification and provides a detailed…

INNOVATION IN MEDICAL DEVICES: Looking at the IP Landscape for Surgical Devices

  • Posted April 25th 2013, 5:13 PM
  • By lcady

The market for medical devices is growing and open to new innovative companies.  We use CLAIMS Direct and KMX to look closely at surgical devices and see that patent activity tracks the market trend towards minimally invasive surgery.  

Analyzing Graphene Patents

  • Posted February 5th 2013, 12:40 PM
  • By lcady
By: Elicet Cruz PhD., Iale Tecnologia S.L.

What is Graphene?

Graphene is a material which through its extraordinary properties has attracted the attention of both scientists and industry worldwide.

Figure 1. Graphene

Figure 1. Graphene

IFI CLAIMS Announces Top U.S. Patent Assignees of 2012

  • Posted January 9th 2013, 4:33 PM
  • By admin
Contact:            Tom Kivett
                        Kivett & Company Communications
                        (212) 727-2935
IFI Announces Top U.S. Patent Assignees of 2012

IBM Captures Top Slot 20 Years in a Row; Google’s First Appearance in the Top 50 Edges Out Apple by One Position 

MADISON, Conn., Jan. 10,…

2012 U.S. Patent Trends & Insights

  • Posted January 9th 2013, 4:30 PM
  • By admin
MADISON, Conn., Jan. 10, 2013 — IFI CLAIMS®Patent Services, the leading producer of global patent databases, analytic solutions and innovative web services, has compiled the following facts from its analysis of calendar year 2012 U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) data.

Top-Line Trends

  • The USPTO issued 253,155 utility patents in 2012, the highest annual number on record and an increase of approximately 13 percent over 2011.