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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.

IFI Announces Top Global Companies Ranked By 2011 U.S. Patents


MADISON, Conn., Jan. 11, 2012 — IFI CLAIMS®Patent Services, the leading producer of global patent databases, analytic solutions and innovative web services, today announced its top-50 ranking of global companies awarded the most U.S. utility patents in 2011.  IFI uses proprietary algorithms and 50 years' experience analyzing U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) data to compile the de facto annual ranking.  Utility patents are the most common patent type and a primary means of protecting intellectual property and technological innovation.

Linguamatics and Fairview announce collaboration for high performance text mining of patent data

Linguamatics, a leader in enterprise text mining, today announced that it has agreed to license patent content from Fairview Research's Alexandria database. Linguamatics has acquired a developer license as part of its ongoing strategy to provide more effective patent mining solutions to its customers. Fairview Research's Alexandria database contains 85 million patent records from over 70 countries. Alexandria includes data from the U.S. Patent Office (USPTO), the European Patent Office (EPO) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

Fairview Research and Treparel Information Solutions collaborate on integrated Patent Analytics Solution.

Fairview Research and Treparel Information Solutions are pleased to announce an agreement to collaborate on a text analytics and visualization product. This partnership will focus on integrating Treparel’s KMX Patent Analytics software with Fairview’s Alexandria Patent Data Warehouse.

2010 Patent Grants At All-Time High - Up 31 Percent Over 2009 - A Sign That Recession Failed to Slow Patent Flow

IFI CLAIMS® Patent Services, a division of Fairview Research and the leading producer of value-added U.S. patent databases and indexing services, today announced a ranking of global companies awarded the most U.S. patents in 2010.  IFI uses proprietary algorithms and 50 years' experience analyzing U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) data to compile the de facto annual ranking of U.S. utility-patent recipients.  Utility patents are the most common patent type and a primary means of protecting intellectual property and technological innovation.

Fairview Research Acquires Patent Database Leader IFI

Acquisition Expands Fairview’s Database Search and Retrieval Capabilities in Intellectual Property Arena NEW HAVEN, Conn., (Sept. 20, 2010) — Fairview Research, a provider of data enrichment technology and services for technical information retrieval and analysis, announced today that it has acquired Wilmington, Del.-based IFI Patent Intelligence from Wolters Kluwer Pharma Solutions.  IFI is the leading producer of value-added U.S. patent databases and indexing services.  The acquisition allows Fairview to augment its existing data standardization technologies and broaden its intellectual property expertise. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

American Companies Capture Less than Majority of 2009 U.S. Patent Pool

For the second straight year, foreign companies collectively captured a slight majority of new U.S. patents awarded to corporations by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).  According to an annual corporate ranking released today by IFI Patent Intelligence (www.ificlaims.com), U.S. corporations garnered 49 percent of all U.S. utility patents issued in 2009 with the remainder going to foreign firms.  This is only the second time that foreign companies collectively received more U.S. patents than U.S.-based firms.