Patent Analytics

2016 U.S. Patent Trends & Insights

IBM and Samsung Up; Google and Apple Steady

IBM saw a nearly 10% increase in US utility grants in 2016. IBM saw significant percentage increases in CPC patent classes G06F (Electrical Digital Data Processing)—18% and H04L (Transmission of Digital Information)—25%. These are the areas where most of IBM's patent grants are classified. Samsung's grant count increased almost 9% with large gains in G06F and H04W (Wireless Communications Networks).…

2015 U.S. Patent Trends & Insights

Concentration at the Top: The Top 50 patent assignees together received 79,052 utility grants, or 26% of the total.  IFI tracks assignees and found that 42,864 unique assignees received utility grants in 2015.  11,109 appeared for the first time in 2015.  This means that 26% of all patents go to the top 0.1% of patenting organizations. 
Patents with no assignee accounted for 6% of the total.  Unassigned patents include patents granted to individual inventors working independently of an…

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.

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…

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

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…

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.