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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…

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…

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 c…

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 in…

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 {UA…

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 ye…

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…

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 ran…

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 techn…

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…

Patents on Aging

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 coun…

Innovation in Medical Devices: Looking at the IP Landscape for Surgical Devices

By Katia Cueto and Enric Escorsa, Iale Technologia, SL The medical devices industry has experienced a significant upswing in recent years, and is considered (by som…

Tony Trippe of Patinformatics Describes Patent Classification

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

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

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 a…