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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…

Select the Right Patent Data Source for Your Big Data Project

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,…

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

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…

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…

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%.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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.

Analyzing Graphene Patents

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…

Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) in IFI CLAIMS Direct

The Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) is a new patent classification system developed jointly by the United States Patent and Trade Mark Office (USPTO) and…

Fractus vs Samsung: Patents on fractal antennas for wireless devices

Fractus is a Spanish fractal antenna manufacturer, spin off from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC),  that licenses its technology to leading…

FUJI FILM: from Films to Cosmetics - Tracking a successful case of diversification with IFI CLAIMS and KMX

Solar Energy Patents in China - Using IFI CLAIMS Direct to Search Chinese Patent Translations

IFI CLAIMS provides a large collection of Chinese patent data through its CLAIMS Direct web service.   We have 5,988,582 Chinese patent translations with English…

Video: PITR - The Easy To Use Patent Dashboard

This four minute video demonstrates the ease of use and depth of data available in PITR - The Patent Intelligence and Technology Report…

Repsol, YPF and the pursuit of unconventional oil

By Enric Escorsa, Iale Tecnología In April this year, Argentina’s president, Cristina Fernández, announced her decision to seize control over Yacimientos…

Classifying Newly Released Cloud Computing Patents Using KMX

Last week, I showed how KMX can classify a large numbers of patents.  I looked at 3,961 patents published before June 23, 2012 using the search term “cloud…

Using KMX to Classify the "Cloud Computing" Patent Landscape

What is “cloud computing”? What is “cloud computing”?  Is it a technology, a business model, industry hype?  In the popular press, one can easily find many…

Research in Motion - Shares are Declining but Patent Count is Growing

By Jennifer Butler, IFI CLAIMS Patent Services with research assistance by Larry Cady Shares of Canadian based Research in Motion plunged on Friday June 29 after…

Ranking the Top US Patent Law Firms

The yin yang between patent quantity and quality has long been an issue among innovative businesses. It has yet to be resolved. It is not a simple matter of those…

Facebook & Yahoo - Using KMX to Compare Patent Portfolios

Facebook is planning an IPO next month.  It will be one of the largest IPO’s in history.  In their February 1, 2012 S-1 filing, Facebook noted that their…

Top University US Patent Portfolios

One of the most common uses of IFI CLAIMS Patent Intelligence and Technology (PITR) is to provide quick reports outlining patent portfolios. These snapshots provide a…

The Number of Claims and the Grant Lag

Why does it take so long to get a patent?  The time lag between when a patent application is filed and when the patent is granted currently averages 33.7 months or…