IAM has just published the findings of its 2017 benchmarking survey. According to the results, the patent market remains at a low ebb – but IP professionals are beginning to see the emergence of green shoots.
Samsung Electronics owns the world’s largest portfolio of patents relevant to ‘internet of things’ (IoT) technologies, while Qualcomm’s takes top spot in terms of quality, according to recent research from IP analytics firm Relecura.
In its report, Relecura concedes that “the definition of IoT is fuzzy”; fleet management
Intellectual Ventures (IV) was the top buyer of brokered patents in the fourth quarter of 2016, according to data from ROL Group, a Californian IP law and strategy firm and an IAM Market vendor. This ratcheting-up of buying activity represents a return to sorts for IV, which has been a much quieter participant in the secondary market of late as compared to times gone by.
The secondary market in patents hit its lowest value in years over the course of 2016, though it remained robust with operating companies emerging as the keenest buyers, according to research from California-based IP strategy and law firm ROL Group.
The findings of recent research from IP analytics firm Darts-ip suggest that China and Germany are the top two jurisdictions for non-practising entities (NPEs) that are asserting their patent rights.
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Patent data firm IFI Claims recently published its annual listing of the 1,000 entities that received the most US patent grants over the past 12 months. IAM Market vendor IBM topped the ranking for the 24th consecutive year, receiving a recordbreaking 8,088 patents from the US Patent and Trademark Office in 2016.
Patent risk management firms RPX and Unified Patents have each started the new year by releasing preliminary numbers on US patent lawsuits filed in 2016. With figures dramatically down year on year – as many market observers would no doubt have expected – it may seem obvious to conclude that patent transaction deal flow will also drop-off over the next 12 months. But there may be reason to believe that demand for third-party patent assets could be boosted as would-be plaintiffs seek out new targets.
The findings of recent research from Stanford Law School and IAM Market vendor ROL Group offer a thought-provoking insight on the differences between patents developed in-house and those acquired from third parties when it comes to litigating them.
Defensive aggregator Allied Security Trust has released data on its Industry Patent Purchase (IP3) patent-buying programme, which closed earlier this year. The figures give a useful insight into current asking prices for patents covering a range of technologies and markets.