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Spring 2018 Newsletter

US patents to China are growing rapidly Our research has found that in 2017, China was awarded 28% more US patents than in 2016. Their total of 11,240 granted patents…

What Can We Learn From Ten Million US Patents?

The ten millionth US Patent will be granted on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Update: the patent was granted to Raythoen for a laser detection and ranging system.) Is this j…

Patent Education Resources

As many new uses for patent data come to light, we’re getting requests for basic education on patent content. We’re happy to provide guidance to customers with this ne…

What to Watch in Patents: IFI Staff Offers Insight for World IP Day

Our staff at IFI CLAIMS® consists of both employees new to the world of patents and those with decades of experience. For this year’s World IP Day, we thought it would…

US Patent Grants to China are Growing Rapidly

As part of our annual Top 50 list of patent assignees, we also take a look at industry trends. Our research uncovered that in 2017, China was awarded 28% more US paten…

Winter 2018 Newsletter

New records set for US patents in 2017 Last month we released our annual patent rankings and trends reports which revealed a 5.2% increase in granted patents in 2017…

IFI to Present a New Way to Access Patent Data at PIUG Biotech 2018

Our senior analyst Larry Cady will show attendees of the Patent Information Users Group (PIUG) Biotechnology conference how to combine data sources using Google’s BigQ…

Using Patent Data for Drug Development

Bringing new drugs to market is a complex and expensive process. According to the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development, the average cost of a new drug is $2.

IFI CLAIMS Announces 2017 Top US Patent Recipients

IBM marks 25th anniversary as list leader. U.S. grants hit record high and double from a decade ago. Trending Technologies: e-cigarettes, 3D printing, machine learning…

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 d…

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…

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 t…

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…