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Archived posts from 02/2017


Patents Gone Wild: Celebrating Black History Month, Inventor-Style

American innovation is rich with contributions from many famous black inventors with roots dating back to the late 1800's. Here is a very small sample of great inventions that led to modern innovations...

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Categories: advanced patent search, Black History Month, citation analysis, patent analysis, patent filing trends, patent search, patents, text clustering


If At First You Don’t Sell, Simply Let it Lapse: Deriving New Value from Your IP Portfolio

Most portfolio managers get a list of patents with fees due that quarter. Their job is to look at the business, see which ones they’re using, and pay the fees. They’ll likely let the rest lapse in order to “save” cost on assets not currently supporting the business. But what these managers aren’t considering can be best described by the old saying, “One person’s trash is another person’s treasure.” Put more directly, you can create easy income for your organization simply by selling unused assets, rather than just allowing them to expire.

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Categories: intellectual property management, ip strategies, licensing strategy, patent analysis, patent portfolio analysis, patent strategy


Patents Gone Wild: Chinese New Year 2017 is a Fire Rooster

In Chinese astrology, every 12 years there is a Rooster year. Each zodiac year is not just associated with an animal sign, but also one of five elements: Gold (metal), Wood, Water, Fire, or Earth. This year, as in 1957, the element is fire making this the year of the Fire Rooster.

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Categories: advanced patent search, patent analysis, patent filing trends, patent search, patents


[Infographic] Know When to Hold ‘EM: The Games People Play With IP Data

Multi-million dollar decisions are never without risk, but basing them off questionable data is simply Russian Roulette. Getting to “good enough” or the “right” intellectual property data upon which to make decisions can be extremely time consuming, complex, short-lived. So either you’re wasting time correcting raw data from global patent offices or you’re making decisions on data that is rife with spelling errors, doesn’t reflect patent reassignments, and doesn’t account for M&A activities.

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Categories: big data, data correction, data correlation, industry outlooks, intellectual property management, patent analysis, patent search, patents


Apples and Oranges: Truth of Patent Data Quality

The USPTO recently announced an expansion of PatentsView, its visualization tool for US patents. First launched a few years ago, the intent behind the tool was to make 40 years of patent filing data available for free to those interested in examining “the dynamics of inventor patenting activity over time”. In spite of being limited to patents (not applications) and with a focus only on the US, it offers some interesting visualizations around locations and citations.

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Categories: big data, data correction, data correlation, industry outlooks, intellectual property management, patent analysis, patent search, patents