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IFI Data on Google BigQuery Untangles the PTAB

IFI Data Enrichments on Google BigQuery provide analysts with additional insight into PTAB cases, and patent legal status in general.  

Public Patent Data Now Available on Google BigQuery

At IFI CLAIMS, we are very excited about the release of the Google Patents Public Datasets on Google’s BigQuery.  We are proud to be the source of the core, public data table which provides global bibliographic data and US full text data free of charge.  It is our hope that researchers around the world will use this data table to make new patent related discoveries.  We are also announcing the availability of IFI patent data enrichments on BigQuery as a paid table.  
Modest processing fees from Google BigQuery will apply when querying the data, but the first 1TB of data processed per month is free.

The main features of the Public Patent Table are

  • Updated Quarterly
  • Basic Bibliographic Data for Global Patents
  • Full Text for US Patents and Applications
  • No IFI Value Added Data
  • No IFI full text translations
Please explore the public database – you can use the sample queries below to get started.  

Fall 2017 Newsletter

Patent data analysis uncovers drone technology leader 

In 2014, we wrote a blog post about the drone patent landscape which provided insights on which companies and countries were publishing the most patent documents. Just recently, a story published by CNBC highlights the success of Chinese drone hardware manufacturer DJI, now dominating three-quarters of the consumer market. Three years

IFI Legal Status Indicator for EPO Designated States

We recently published a blog post that covered how IFI data enhancements make it easier to know when a patent will expire. That article focused on US patents, and in this post we’ll discuss European patents.

Things are more complicated for European Patent Office (EPO) granted patents. The European Patent Office grants patents which may be registered in specific countries or “designated states”…

IFI Data Enhancements Simplify Complex Patent Expiration Rules

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

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

Larry Cady, IFI CLAIMS Patent Services

Have you wondered how emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and deep learning can be applied to patent data?  Sumeet Sandhu, CEO of Elementary IP, has written a very informative paper shedding light on the possibilities titled “Deep Learning AI for Patent Search and Analytics”. She also presented the material at the Patent Information User…

Spring 2017 Newsletter

See us at PIUG Next Week

We're getting ready to head off the Atlanta for the PIUG 2017 Annual Conference. We're looking forward to seeing all of our clients, partners, and friends. Be sure to stop by the exhibit hall to learn about newly available data and pick up a handy zip up totebag.

On Sunday, plan to attend the pre-conference sessions from our partners Gridlogics and Questel who will be covering their latest product developments. ST…

Winter 2017 Newsletter

A Message From Our CEO

2017 promises to be another exciting year at IFI CLAIMS Patent Services. We kicked off the year with an investment from Digital Science that allows us to further develop the content and the enrichment of our global patent data repository—CLAIMS Direct. We plan to add more national collections from Asia, South America, and Europe. And we will expand the scope of our patent…

IFI CLAIMS Announces 2016 U.S. Patent Ranking

  • 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
NEW HAVEN, Conn., Jan. 9, 2017 — IFI CLAIMS® Patent Services, a leading producer of global patent databases and innovative web services, today announced the 2016 IFI CLAIMS U.S. Top 50, an annual ranking of top patent recipients that is trusted…

2016 U.S. Patent Trends & Insights

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

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

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

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

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.  

IFI CLAIMS Announces 2015 U.S. Patent Rankings

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

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 Announces 2015 Top 50 German Patent Recipients

IFI CLAIMS Announces 2015 Top 50 German Patent Recipients



Marc Solfrian
IFI CLAIMS Patent Services (Munich)
+49 172 8881218

Tom Kivett
Kivett & Company (U.S.)
+1 (212) 727-2935

GM, Siemens and Audi Lead List Dominated by Automotive Industry

MUNICH, Germany,…

2015 IFI CLAIMS German Patent Trends

2015 IFI CLAIMS German Patent Trends

Assignees:  In Germany, the Top 50 is dominated by automobile and auto parts manufacturers.  This compares to the US where computer and telecommunications companies dominate.

Classifications: The top patent classifications for 2015 are:

2015 DE CPC 2015 count Description
Y10T 714 Metal Working and Hardware

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

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

2014 U.S. Patent Trends & Insights

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

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

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 drones…

The IP Landscape for Wearables with Augmented Reality

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

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

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

MADISON, Conn., Jan. 14, 2014 — 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 2013 U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) data.

  • The USPTO issued a record 277,835 utility patents in 2013, an increase of approximately 10 percent over 2012 and the most issued in a single year 

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

 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…

3D Printing—The Patent Landscape

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 file.…

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

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.