Reports

Technology and Competitive Intelligence in Wireless Charging

Enterprises are at a perennial risk of making incorrect assumptions about the direction and speed at which technology or industry evolves, as well as its competitive and market dynamics. It would be great for decision makers to have a tool that would factor in the various variables, and provide the right answer in this regard. To address this need, we have introduced a new module in Relecura that makes it easier to predict technology growth and trends based on patent and non-patent data. To outline how the module works, we have released this report, that walks through a case study. The steps used to analyze wireless charging are generic, and could be applied to other technologies as well.

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FinTech - An IP perspective

Given the buzz around the FinTech space, we have done a study of the sector from an IP perspective. The FinTech patents are categorized in a couple of different ways; based on the financial products or services they address (Financial categories) as well as the enabling technologies employed (Technology categories). The report provides a patent landscape of the Fintech domain. In addition patent assignments are analyzed to determine transaction trends, thus identifying key companies buying and selling patents. For some of the key transacted companies, details of funding raised or M&A information are provided.

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IP Backed Financing - Overview of Trends

IP backed financing has been a viable option for companies to raise financing, and is being increasingly resorted to. This report tracks the trends of this financing route, studying the relevant patents and assignment records. Prominent sectors, companies, and financial entities involved in IP backed financing transactions are tracked for a six-year period from 2009-2014. Business and financial analysts who wish to understand the impact of a company's IP (read intangible) assets on it's valuation and financing options, will find useful insights in this report.

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LED Technology - Lighting and display patents

A landscape study is done for patents addressing various facets of LED technology. Emphasis is given to the patents pertaining to LED lighting and display. The LED lighting patents are divided based on key application areas and sub-technologies. Each of these groups of patents are analyzed further. An assignment search is conducted for LED and LED lighting patents to identify the key companies involved in transacting patents. An analysis is performed on patent acquisition trends of select companies, to understand the strategy adopted for portfolio aggregation.

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Blue LED Technology - Tracking it's evolution

This report tracks the influence of the Blue LED invention in the LED technology domain. An interactive timeline consisting of 45 milestones is presented. The patents pertaining to the key milestones are analyzed using a Patent Citation approach, to understand knowledge transfer patterns and the evolution of application areas for this technology.

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EV Tech Patents: Tesla vs. The Rest - Batteries and Charging

This report does a deep-dive analysis into the Tesla Motors patent portfolio to assess it's significance within the overall electric vehicle IP landscape. The report's focus is on Tesla's core IP intellectual property in batteries and charging technologies. The report provides insights into the growth of these technologies in the automobile industry, and presents some interesting facts and trends connected with Tesla's portfolio, as well as the portfolios of the other key players in the space.

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HVAC Systems Fault Detection Landscape Analysis

HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning) controls the temperature, humidity, and quality of the air in buildings to a set of chosen conditions. A significant amount of energy is wasted by malfunctioning or ill-maintained building systems. Faults relating to HVAC systems represent between 1% and 2.5% of total commercial building consumption. This report aims to map out the patent landscape associated with HVAC system fault detection.

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Polyurethane dispersions for wood coating - Landscape Analysis

There are numerous reasons for the popularity of polyurethane coatings for wood applications. They have a high level of quality and fit perfectly with the natural properties of wood. This report aims to map out the patent landscape associated with Polyurethane dispersions for wood coating. This includes finding the major patent holders, geographical distribution of patents, top sub-technologies based on classification codes, sub-technology visualization using topic maps; as well as determining the patent transactions to obtain the key buyers and sellers in this technology area.

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Photoacoustic Imaging Landscape Analysis

Photoacoustic Imaging (optoacoustic imaging) is an imaging technology based on the photoacoustic effect, and can be used for obtaining images of structures in turbid environments. This report aims to map out the patent landscape associated with Photoacoustic Imaging. This includes finding the major patent holders, geographical distribution of patents, top sub-technologies based on classification codes, sub-technology visualization using topic maps; as well as determining the patent transactions to obtain the key buyers and sellers in this technology area.

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Biopesticides Landscape Analysis

Biopesticides are a category of pesticides derived from natural materials such as animals, plants, bacteria, and certain minerals. This report aims to map out the patent landscape associated with Biopesticides; this includes finding the major patent holders, geographical distribution of patents, top sub-technologies based on classification codes, sub-technology visualization using topic maps; as well as determining the patent transactions to obtain the key buyers and sellers in this technology area.

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University Patent Transaction Trends for 2013

This report explores the technologies and patterns emerging from university related transactions during 2013. We have outlined some interesting trends such as top transacted technologies, transactions of top cited patents, filing trends over the years, and more. In addition, data points from 2012 provide a notable comparison of how the universities stack up as compared to previous year. For a detailed analysis, we have segregated the report into two major chunks, studying transactions to government agencies and corporate entities respectively.

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Patent transaction trends for 2012

This white paper explores the trends in patent transactions that occurred during 2012. Studying these transactions has displayed some interesting developments in various technologies such as Digital data processing methods, Digital transmission, Ink Jet Printers and others. In this report we have analyzed patent transactions between various companies, research institutions, and universities so as to establish patterns across multiple industries

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Patent portfolio analysis using Comparative Topic Maps

Visual tools such as Topic Maps make Intellectual Property (IP) related analyses simpler and more convenient. On one hand, comparative landscapes of multiple patent portfolios help in understanding the specific technologies addressed by each portfolio. On the other hand, these Topic Maps can help you understand the strengths and gaps of your individual portfolio in comparison to those of your competitors. Topic Maps aid in efficiently executing various IP related analyses and portfolio management workflows such as landscaping, white space analysis, and patent bucketing.

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Wind Turbine Technology - IP Landscape

IP landscaping is an important step in patent and portfolio analysis. This white paper outlines the strategy and steps involved in gleaning strategic business insights related to your IP. Although, the white paper specifically addresses Wind Turbine technology, the methods described are applicable to other technology areas as well.

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Smart Grid Patents - Landscape and Commercialization Potential

This report contains a preliminary survey of the Smart Grid assignee landscape and a first-cut identification of patent asset holders in the smart grid technology area. We break-out the various sub-technologies related to smart grids and list the relevant IPC codes for each of them. We identify potential licensees for each of the sub-technologies, as well as small to medium-sized IP portfolios for potential acquisition.

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Virtual Reality IP Assets - Commercialization Viability

Virtual Reality (VR) is extensively used in gaming, entertainment, training, and education, apart from its medical applications. This report assesses the commercialization viability of Intellectual Property assets related to VR technology. We’ve studied the overall landscape of Virtual Reality IP assets including major patent holders and recorded transactions. In addition, we’ve identified assignees in this technology, in medical as well as gaming applications. Through this study, we were also able to arrive at a list of potential licensees or buyers of VR-related IP assets.

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Best Practices to Ensure Comprehensive Prior Art Searches

Prior Art searching requires that patent analysts identify, to the best of their abilities, all relevant documents from patent and non-patent repositories that are related to either an invention or a particular technology domain. While this stated goal may be easy to understand, there are practical difficulties in ensuring that the objective is sufficiently met each time a prior art exercise is undertaken. Relecura offers two novel features to address the above challenges. These are the "Seed Data" feature and the "Upload Files" / "Enter Text" feature.

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Insights from Successful IP Commercialization in Academia

Patents filed by universities as a result of the research conducted by them constitute very important intangible assets. They enhance the prestige of the institution and are used as a metric to benchmark the quality of research. More importantly they are an additional source of funds for the university. IP commercialization has become an important revenue stream for the universities in the US with the enactment of the Bayh-Dole Act. The patent portfolio of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is the subject of this case study. MIT's portfolio and it's IP transaction history is analyzed.

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IP assets related to Global Positioning Systems (GPS)

Virtual Reality (VR) is extensively used in gaming, entertainment, training, and education, apart from its medical applications. This report assesses the commercialization viability of Intellectual Property assets related to VR technology. We’ve studied the overall landscape of Virtual Reality IP assets including major patent holders and recorded transactions. In addition, we’ve identified assignees in this technology, in medical as well as gaming applications. Through this study, we were also able to arrive at a list of potential licensees or buyers of VR-related IP assets.

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Discovering the potential of IP for commercialization

Identifying the full potential of existing IP is quite complex. Understanding its absolute technical and legal strength is just one part of the exercise. The strength of the IP relative to others in the same technology area, the time of its creation relative to the development timeline of the technology, the growth of commercial products relevant to the IP, and the details of IP transactions in the relevant fields are just some of the pieces of information factored in manually by IP commercialization experts in the valuation. There are few software tools that can mine, process, and manage such complex processes and diverse data.

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