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  • How to Extract and Analyze Patent Families of a Subsidiary
    Introduction In the PatentSight BI, the owners of patent portfolios are defined according to the Ultimate Owner Concept. For some analyses, however, it is necessary to extract the patent portfolio of a subsidiary. This article uses the example of Omega, a subsidiary of the Swatch Group, to explain how patent families belonging to a specific subsidiary can be extracted, saved, and used in furthe...
  • Can an Analysis Result Be Reproduced Exactly at a Later Date?
    Since patent data is "alive" and the PatentSight database is constantly being updated and improved, the exact reproduction of analysis results from the past may not be possible at a later point in time. However, you can save your search results and your analysis results by using one of PatentSight’s export options. It may also be useful to regularly tag the set of patent families obtained as se...
  • How are the Competitive Impact Deciles in the Value Distribution Chart Calculated?
    The Competitive Impact deciles are formed by sorting all active patent families in the PatentSight database by their Competitive Impact and subsequently dividing the patent families in this ranking into ten equal groups from the top to the bottom. As a result, the global top 10% of the patent families by Competitive Impact form the Competitive Impact decile "10", whereas the global bottom 10% o...
  • How Can the Technology Relevance Have a Positive Value if the Market Coverage is "0"?
    While a patent family might no longer be protected in any authority and therefore have a Market Coverage and Competitive Impact of "0", it still may be significant for subsequent art, as expressed in the citations it still receives or has already received from other patent families. Therefore, the Technology Relevance is calculated for both active and inactive patent families even after the exp...
  • Market Coverage
    The Market Coverage is an indicator of the size of the global market in which the patent family is active. It is calculated on the patent family level based on the gross national income (GNI) of each authority in which the patent family has at least one active member. The GNI of the USA is represented by the value "1" and the GNIs of all other authorities are represented by values relative to...
  • Technology Relevance
      The Technology Relevance is an indicator of the technological importance of the patent family. It is calculated on the patent family level based on the number of subsequent art citations (forward citations) the patent family has received. The number of citations received by the patent family is adjusted by three factors: the patent office citation practices, the age of the patent family, and ...
  • The Patent Asset Index Methodology
    Introduction The Patent Asset Index is an objective measure of global technological strength and innovation. This indicator captures an entire global patent portfolio and considers both the number of patent-protected inventions (patent families) in this portfolio and their quality. The methodology has been developed and validated in scientific research and many years of advising companies on pa...
  • The Reporting Date
    Introduction This article explains the Reporting Date concept and how it is applied in PatentSight®. The Reporting Date concept allows us to "travel back in time" and to analyze the patent landscape as it was in the past. Each Reporting Date is a moment in time for which the evaluation of a patent portfolio or a patent family is done. The current Reporting Date shows the state of the world as i...
  • PatentSight Data Coverage
    PatentSight’s current bibliographic data coverage equals that of DOCDB, the European Patent Office's database. To improve the patent analysis, we filter all documents not relating to patented technical inventions in the strict sense behind the "Other IP Rights" toggle. In this way we guarantee that the portfolio size always refers to a consistent asset class and is thus comparable among compani...
  • Patent Family
      The LexisNexis family (also referred to as "patent family" or "family") of the document entered. The patent family can be searched for by the publication number, patent number, or application number of any of its members. However, note that, regardless of the document number entered, the document number of the family representative is displayed for the entire patent family. You can customize ...
  • What Do the Legal Events "Expires Soon" "Attacked" "Granted" and "Recently Published" Mean?
    The search field "Legal Event" has four different options which you can select from.  Families whose first member has been published during the last 12 months prior to the Reporting Date selected. Families with at least one member that has been granted in any authority Families with at least one member that has been attacked by a third party. Families that will become inactive wi...
  • What is Family-to-Family Citation?
    Since the smallest unit of analysis available in the PatentSight Business Intelligence is patent family, we aggregate citations on the patent family level. This means that we consider citations between patent families and not between single documents. The reason for this approach is that, according to our patent family definition, one patent family is, in principle, protecting one invention. He...
  • Why Can Some Patents in My Patent List Not Be Matched During Import?
    Patent families not being matched during import or in the search panel can have various causes. Possible reasons include: The documents are too young and have not been published yet. The uploaded application, publication, or patent numbers have a format that is not recognized by the PatentSight Business Intelligence. The patent numbers are not part of DOCDB and are consequently not available f...
  • What is the Difference Between Inventor and Natural Person?
    PatentSight distinguishes between six different owner types; they are Company, Government, Inventor, Natural Person, Non-Practicing Entities (NPE), and Research Institution and each one has a specific definition and a different symbol in the Owner summary.   PatentSight distinguishes between six different owner types as outlined below:    Owner Type: Company Entities that can be identified ...
  • Unitary Patent & Unified Patent Court
      Unitary Patents (UP) are obtained by filing a European patent application ("EP") and selecting the Unitary Patent option once the application is granted. Applicants have one month from the grant of the EP application to select the UP option. Coverage for the remaining European Patent Convention member states, including UP members which have not yet ratified the UP legislation at the time of g...