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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…

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.

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 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…

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 some experts) the most dynamic sector within the Life Sciences. It is certainly a large market–estimated at $302 billion by 2017–with a high level of competition, rapid introduction of innovations and significant pressure to lower prices…

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.  

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

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

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

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 the European Patent Office (EPO). CPC will be launched in January 2013 and will replace national patent classifications currently used at the EPO (ECLA and ICO) and at the USPTO (USPC) after a transition period. Below you can find some useful information on the implementation of CPC in IFI CLAIMS Global Patent Database.

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 manufacturers of wireless devices primarily related to consumer electronics, such as mobile phones.

Using IFIClaims Global Database we carry out a search on Fractus patents (pa: Fractus) and we identify a patent portfolio consisting today of 426 patents granted and applied worldwide. Figure 1 shows a landscape map, produced by KMX, of the Fractus patents.  KMX also groups them into ten main clusters or differentiated areas in the map

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

The following is a guest blog contributed by Enric Escorsa of IALE Tecnologia.

In 2006 Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd. entered into the cosmetics sector  by launching a series of new antiaging products. Surely for some it was shocking to see how a company operating for decades in the photography industry had moved now into a completely different sector such as the healthcare one.

In this post we try to understand the diversification process followed by the Japanese company by using IFI CLAIMS Direct patent database and KMX Software.

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 language description and claims.  This data is produced using a sophisticated statistical machine translation engine.  We train the engine using patent data resulting in an accurate translation of a broad technical vocabulary. 

CLAIMS Direct is not an end-user tool.  Instead, it is the developer friendly web service that software engineers and system integrators can use to easily expose patent search and patent data in their applications.  The patent API provides access to unequaled performance, data coverage and data quality. 

…compare the coverage of Chinese solar panel patents on Espacenet, SIPO and CLAIMS Direct by examining search results for “solar cell” OR “solar panel”. …

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 system:

PITR - The Easy to Use Patent Dashboard

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 Petroliferos Fiscales (YPF), the former Argentine oil firm that since 1999 had been part of the Spanish oil company, REPSOL, under the joint name of REPSOL YPF.

In this post we use the IFI CLAIMS Claims Direct patent database and KMX…

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 computing”.  I showed how to create a KMX Free Classifier using a training set.  The free classifier allows me to classify the large data set based on terms that I select as relevant to the problem I am trying to solve.  This enables me to perform…

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 different definitions and opinions. 

We can get a useful answer from Wikipedia.  It divides cloud computing into three categories:

-          Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).  This is renting the use of computers and storage on a pay…

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 reporting a large quarterly loss and announcing a large layoff.  See “RIM’s Plunge Adds Pressure to ‘Sell, Break Up or Die’.”

But IFI Claims’ Patent Intelligence and Technology Report (PITR) System shows that they are still building…

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 with a lot of patents must have more questionable ones, but high numbers do tend to beg the question: which patents are really important and to whom?  In addition to claims, factors like industry, timing, need and perception play an even increasing role in patent quality and value. – Bruce Berman, a principal in Brody Berman Associates, an IP communications firm that advises patent holders and managers and helps to position IP assets.

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 convenient summary of patent activity across a technology or a set of patent assignees. Often the first step in an analysis, PITR lets you drill into the numbers, view five- or ten-year trends, and easily collect a summary report that provides a high-level overview of major patent portfolios.

Here we look at the top university portfolios and their US granted patents received between 2007-2011.

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 2.8 years.  To many inventors, that seems like a long time. 

This subject was analyzed in a 2003 paper Time in Pergatory: Determinants of the Grant Lag for US Patent Applications.  The paper was written by David Popp, Ted Juhl and…

California leads the nation in innovation, or does it?

On January 10, 2012 IFI CLAIMS Patent Services released its ranking of top global companies based on US utility patents in 2011.

Our IFI analysts work closely with our customers providing them with access to high quality patent data that allows them to develop deep insights into corporate patent portfolios, technology landscapes, and competitive intelligence. While preparing our 2011 Patent Intelligence and Technology Report, we took a closer look at the 2011 US patent grants and in particular the location of the inventors named on these documents. Despite the obvious surge of Japanese, Korean, and Chinese companies in the Top 50 assignees, 50% of US patents in 2011 named US inventors down only 4% when compared with 2001. Patents with Japanese inventors are the second largest group accounting for 20% of US patents in 2011 which is basically the same as 2001. Germany comes in third although dropped from 9% in 2001 to 6% in 2011. Chinese inventors appear in less than 2% of 2011, but this presence has grown by more than 1000% when compared with 2001.

PITR for Patent Trends - KMX for Deep Insight

On January 10, IFI released its annual Top 50 Patent rankings for 2011.  This report is a summary of information available through IFI’s Patent Information & Technology Report (PITR) product.  PITR provides high level summaries of patent trends for the companies receiving the most US patents over the last 10 years.  Over 3,500 companies are covered.  You might be surprised at how deep the data in PITR goes.  You can drill down to actual patent numbers by US or IPC patent class.  But what if you want to drill down further than that?  IFI’s KMX patent analytics solution can expose the subject matter of the patents, and allow you to apply your own classification scheme to them.