Landon IP’s IP Analytics Group (IPAG) recently launched a new suite of analytics and advisory services designed to further enhance our ability to help companies maximize their performance through the strategic use of intellectual property data. Based on our team’s expertise in searching, reviewing, and evaluating patents and non-patent literature in all major technology areas, we develop customized studies addressing complex analytical problems that are unique to each customer.
According to Matt Luby, Director of IP Analytics, “Everyone in the industry knows what a patent search is, but there isn’t a shared understanding of analytics and the added-value it can provide to support a company’s IP positioning. IP analytics projects generally require searching patents, but as an input to a broader technical review and interpretation effort designed to provide answers to specific questions.” He added, “Our new suite of services is designed to help our customers understand how IP analytics can improve their strategic decision-making.” Some of the key questions that can be addressed through Landon IP’s analytics projects include:
- What inventors, companies, and universities are active in a particular industry or technological field?
- Does your organization have patents granted that support a specific product line or technology?
- What are the relative strengths and weaknesses of the patents in your portfolio? Where are the potential licensing opportunities?
- What research and development opportunities exist in non-patented, whitespace areas in your industry?
- Is there evidence that one or more claims of your patent are being practiced by a competitor’s product?
Landon IP’s new, streamlined suite of IP analytics services, which is targeted to meet the most critical needs of our corporate customers, includes:
- Innovation Workshop – With the involvement of your scientists, engineers, and business leaders, we facilitate a structured discussion that helps identify which of your organization’s inventions to protect, pursue, or abandon.
- Patent Landscape Study – We analyze information relevant to an industry or technology, allowing us to assess trends relating to: filing activity; what inventors, companies, and universities are active; technological development; concentration of innovation and competition; and whitespace opportunities.
- Patent Portfolio Categorization – We perform a customized review of your company’s patent portfolio and produce a searchable, categorized database of all of your patents and pending applications, which may be used to answer key questions about your portfolio.
- Licensing and Commercialization Study – We review patents in your portfolio and assign objective and subjective metrics that support ranking and filtering on criteria such as relative technological strengths and weaknesses, future potential value, and potential licensing opportunities.
- Patent-to-Standards Mapping and Patent-to-Product Mapping – Patent-to-Standards Mapping determines how your patents relate to the relevant standard-essential patents, to aid in licensing decisions. Patent-to-Product Mapping is frequently used to map your own patents to your own products, to evaluate the level of alignment and identify the most important patents in your portfolio and the protection they provide to your products.
- Evidence of Use Study – These studies use a Claim Chart and drawings, photographs, or other illustrations to show how one or more claims of your patent were practiced by a competitor’s product.
- IP Due Diligence Support – We evaluate technologies and technical issues relevant to licensing, mergers and acquisitions, and other commercial transactions.
To learn more about how our IP Analytics Group can help your company transform intellectual property into a strategic advantage, click the links below:
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Landon IP will be well-represented this week at the Patent Information Users Group, Inc. (PIUG) 2013 Annual Conference, which is being held from April 27 through May 2, 2013 at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center. On Tuesday, April 30, Kristin Whitman, Landon IP’s Librarian, will be chairing an afternoon session on “Specialized Patent Information”. Ms. Whitman is also live tweeting throughout the conference on the Intellogist Twitter feed, using hashtag #piug2013. In addition, on the morning of Wednesday, May 1, Patent Analyst Kartar Arora will be chairing a session on “The Cooperative Patent Classification – A View from the Primary Authorities”.
Finally, one of the presenters at the session being chaired by Kristin Whitman will be Matt Luby, Landon IP’s Director of IP Analytics, who will be discussing the topic, “Applications of Data Cleaning in Patent Analytics”. IP analytics projects are complex studies that answer business-related intellectual property questions. Due to the breadth and complexity of the questions addressed by such studies, there is a naturally higher burden on the patent information professional to clean and organize the patent data in a way that leads to accurate visuals. It is impossible to be confident about the accuracy of any visuals generated from patent data without a careful inspection, manipulation, and standardization of the underlying data set. In Mr. Luby’s presentation, he will share examples of the ways data cleaning can be applied to IP analytics projects to ensure quality results.
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Atsushi Nozaki, Senior Director of Landon IP GK (Japan), has contributed an article on “Prior Art Searching in the Age of Globalization” to Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun’s “Special Issue for Invention Day in Japan”. The article itself is in Japanese, and will be published on April 18, 2013. A summary of the key points from the article is provided below:
The number of patent filings in the world has grown 1.4 times compared to 10 years ago; growth in the US and China is especially remarkable. To maintain their growth, companies are expanding overseas more aggressively; therefore, they need to protect their intellectual property, including patents, in other countries. Prior art searching, which is essential before filing patents, should be conducted for both their own country and for other countries where they plan to obtain patent protection.
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Atsushi Nozaki, Senior Director of Landon IP GK (Japan), has been invited to serve as a guest professor at the Tokyo University of Science. He will teach an undergraduate course on the basics of intellectual property beginning on April 15, 2013. “It is a great pleasure to have the opportunity to deliver a lecture at the Tokyo University of Science on the basics of IP,” says Nozaki. Mr. Nozaki is a well-known expert in all aspects of patent information, searching, and analysis.
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Atsushi Nozaki, Senior Director of Landon IP GK (Japan), is scheduled to give a lecture, “Utilizing Patent Maps for Business Strategy” on March 19th, 2013. The lecture will take place in the Seminar Room of the Japan Institute of Promoting Invention and Innovation in Toranomon, Tokyo. The event is being sponsored by the Japan Institute for Promoting Invention and Innovation.
Here is a summary of the event written by Mr. Nozaki:
It’s important to utilize not only non-patent information but also patent information, especially patent mapping when developing business strategies. Solely creating patent mapping doesn’t guarantee a good business strategy, and we should learn more business strategies and business frameworks such as Porter’s 5 forces and value chain theory. This seminar emphasizes group work (not classroom lecture) and intends to have attendees learn effectively through group work experiences.
For more information, please see the event brochure and the registration sheet.
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Atsushi Nozaki, Senior Director of Landon IP GK (Japan), has contributed an article on “Basic Knowledge of Patent Searching” to IPSJ Magazine “Joho Shori” (Information Processing Society of Japan). The article itself is in Japanese, and will be published March 15, 2013. A summary of this article is below:
It is important for a company’s IP staff, but also its engineers and researchers, to understand the basics of patent searching from various perspectives. Patent searching can play many roles, including developing R&D strategy, idea generation, and effective use of R&D expense, among others. This article describes: characteristics of patent information, purpose and kinds of patent searching, and detailed steps in patent searching. The “Patent Search Matrix” is illustrated in detail using an actual case. The most important issues in conducting patent searching are to clarify the purpose of the search and the subject features, not to attain knowledge of how to use databases.
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Landon IP is the only company that offers customers in the U.S. a single, low fee of $1.25 per page, regardless of what country the patent file history is from. Whether you need a file from the U.S., Brazil, Japan, Finland, or Malaysia, the price is the same — $1.25 per page! (This flat per page pricing model applies, with varying price points, for all of our customers around the world.) If you’re ordering your file histories from anyone else, you don’t know what you will pay — our competitors generally charge fees ranging from $1.50 to $3.50 per page for non-U.S. files, and their fees vary by country. With Landon IP, you always pay the same low per page fee.
Local inspection fees may also apply to file histories other than U.S., EP, and WO. Our inspection fees for countries with publicly available file histories are significantly lower than our competitors’, and we are constantly looking for ways to reduce these costs.
Price isn’t the only reason Landon IP should be your patent file history provider of choice. We also provide outstanding customer service, quality, and speed:
- We will investigate the availability of any file history in any country. Check out this list showing some of the countries for which our customers have ordered file histories.
- We leverage our global offices and our network of local agents to obtain valuable information to support unique requests.
- We assemble patent file histories very carefully and check the accuracy of every page. We’ll notify you of missing papers or pages and direct your attention to important papers or attachments.
- Our turnaround times are generally quicker than our competitors’ due to our extensive network of local agents and the expertise of our research analysts.
- If your requested file is already part of our large, in-house collection of U.S. and non-U.S. electronic file histories, we can often deliver the file you need within minutes.
Let Landon IP handle your next order, and we are confident that your search for the perfect supplier of global patent file histories will be over. Read more about Landon IP’s global patent file histories service.
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