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Category: patents


Personal Tales of Innovation: Determining the Value of a Patent, Part Two.

In my last blog post, I talked about my seven criteria for valuating a patent. Some of you might be thinking, “If there are only seven things to consider, why is it so hard to get a concrete estimate on a patent’s worth?” The reason it’s not that simple is that there’s a lot that has to go into those answers, and depending on whom you ask, you may get really different answers. It’s actually a lot like buying stocks. Is the person you’re seeking advice from a short-term investor? Or are they a “buy and hold” guy? To whom, how, and when you ask the question can all affect the answer.

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


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


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


2016 Says Good Bye to These Patents

Over 14,000 patents relating to holiday decor/accessories have been filed across the globe over the years. As the year comes to an end, so too do the active dates of several patents. Here are a few of the more interesting holiday-themed patents that expired in 2016.

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Categories: patent analysis, patent search, patent strategy, patents


Patents Gone Wild: The Twisted IP Version of Christmas

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a song that contains a series of increasingly grand gifts given twelve days before the big day. The song, published in England in 1780, seems a little out-of-date. I mean, really who needs twelve drummers drumming alongside seven swans swimming around?! Lucky for us, hair metal band Twisted Sister dropped a holiday album, A Twisted Christmas, in 2006. The band recorded a re-imagined version filled with heavy metal references called Heavy Metal Christmas.

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


Voting Booth Technology: The Intellectual Property Behind Your Vote

With the recent excitement of the party conventions and the upcoming United States Presidential election fast approaching this November, I began thinking about recent innovations in voting security and access in voting booth technology. I thought I'd take a quick look at this using Innography’s Advanced Analysis.

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