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

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.

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…

Facebook & Yahoo - Using KMX to Compare Patent Portfolios

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 business faces a number of risks.  Among these are risks associated with IP litigation.  From the S-1:

“We are currently, and expect to be in the future, party to patent lawsuits and other intellectual property rights claims that are expensive

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.

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.