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Patents Classified by Exploitation Opportunity in Patent Portfolios

Classification of Technologies Another way to classify patents is based on the classifications of technologies that they protect. In the “Classification of Technologies” figure, developed by Neste, the patents are first separated by whether or not they cover existing or pre-commercial products. Then they are further divided by what the ownership arrangement is [...]

Refined Patent Evaluation Maps

Patent Evaluation Process Patents in technologies and make the first cut are then subjected to increasingly fine levels of review.  The “Patent Evaluation Process” figure shows how the patent process starts with hundreds of thousands of technologies and ends up identifying actionable opportunities. The process is iterative, rather than linear. The exact steps [...]

Patent Evaluation Maps

Patent Evaluation Map For entities with patent portfolios numbering between ten and a hundred, a one-page summary of each key patent can be most helpful to patent review committees and IP managers.  Such reports were championed by Harry Gwinnell.  The one-page summary is an organized visual display of a patent relationships to Raw [...]

Patent Portfolio Mining Questionnaire

In order to conduct a portfolio mining project using subject matter experts, it is best if for each patent asset it has the completed form shown in the “Patent Questionnaire” figure filled out and in the patent database. Difficulty in using such questionnaires is the need to have them constantly updated. The advantages [...]

Patent Portfolio Mining Processes

More effective internal use of patents is usually the reason a company undertakes a portfolio mining process. But in addition the company may discover opportunities to: enforce patents against infringers(companies that are using protected technologies either deliberately or unwittingly); license out technologies that have value to other companies; seek complementary technology in order [...]

Building a Robust Intellectual Property Inventory Database

Typically the process and building a robust intellectual property inventory database is to identify and catalog various forms of registered intellectual property assets (patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets) contained within existing legal department documents. Cataloging should accumulate business information such as each assets non-technical description, current or intended use and stage of development. [...]

Identifying and Organizing Intellectual Assets

In some organizations the effective development and use of innovation and intellectual properties are primary forces driving corporate success and shareholder value. However, many of the same organizations do not have a comprehensive base of information about the intellectual property assets they own, how these assets are being protected, and how they are [...]

Example Database, Analytic Outputs, and Search Criteria Supporting Strategic IP Due Diligence

Specific Activities and Questions of the Due Diligence Process The above checklists help a team engaged in due diligence make sure they have covered all their bases. Asking questions is one thing, finding a quick way to get solid answers is another. The following examples show how items described in the IP due [...]

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