Alphabet’s patent landscape

Posted by William Mansfield on Oct 2, 2019 10:25:52 AM

Doubling portfolio size while maintaining quality

Alphabet Inc, headquartered in Mountain View, California, was created through a corporate restructuring of Google in 2015, when it became the parent company of Google and several of its former subsidiaries. With sales of $117.9 billion and a profit of more than $16 billion, the tech giant currently ranks 17th among the world's largest companies according to Forbes Global 2000. We investigate a status quo of the company’s patent landscape using our industry proven patent evaluation metric, the Patent Asset Index™ and our Business Intelligence Platform PatentSight.

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Tags: Patent Analysis, Patent Asset Index, Alphabet, patent landscape, Competitive Impact™, Google


e-Mobility technology - a final look at the top patent owners

Posted by Sarbani Chattopadhyay on Sep 20, 2019 6:15:56 PM

In this final e-Mobility update, along with sharing some more findings about our analysis of the electric mobility industry, we also decided to show off some more of our software’s data visualization capabilities. The charts below depict the portfolio trends and strengths of the Top 20 players in e-Mobility from various qualitative and quantitative perspectives. For e.g. in the Quantity vs. Quality Chart you can see how the current portfolios of these top players match against each other. Whereas, on the Patent Asset Index™ trend chart we see how their portfolios have evolved, in terms of overall quality, over the past decades. We conclude this deep-dive into ‘e-Mobility’ with a bonus section which gives you a sneak peek into one of our award-winning software’s coolest features.

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Tags: Deep-dive, Future, trend scouting, solutions provider, e-mobility, electric drivetrain, ev, BEV, electric vehicles, electric propulsion


e-Mobility technology - who owns the strongest patent portfolio?

Posted by Sarbani Chattopadhyay on Sep 13, 2019 2:50:57 PM

In the past weeks, we have learned who the main players (Top 20 patent owners) are, in terms of portfolio size, among firms developing e-Mobility technologies. We further ranked this group of innovators based on the size of their portfolios, number of active patents in their portfolio and also according to the legal status of active patents owned. What we haven’t looked at so far, is a comparison of these companies on the basis of the quality of their portfolios. 

Therefore, in this edition of #eMobility updates, we rank the firms that are developing e-Mobility technologies, based on portfolio strength as measured by their portfolio’s Patent Asset Index™.

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Tags: Deep-dive, Future, trend scouting, solutions provider, e-mobility, electric drivetrain, ev, BEV, electric vehicles, electric propulsion, legal status


USPTO grants patent for LexisNexis PatentSight

Posted by LexisNexis PatentSight team on Sep 9, 2019 2:56:14 PM

PatentSight is proud to announce that our patent analytics software is now a patent protected Intellectual Property. In August, 2019, the USPTO officially granted Nils Omland, our founder and CEO, with a patent for the PatentSight Business Intelligence software solution. Back in 2018, when LexisNexis® acquired PatentSight, this patent was still undergoing review. The granting of this patent makes our SaaS offering, officially, one of its kind.

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Tags: Technology, Science, Patent Analysis, Patent Valuation, Patent Asset Index, Patent Quality, patent


e-Mobility technology - how to predict the portfolio of your competition

Posted by Sarbani Chattopadhyay on Sep 6, 2019 4:41:00 PM

Having seen in all of our previous blog posts on e-Mobility that more information is always better than little information, let’s take a look at the Top 20 patent owners in e-Mobility based on the distribution of ‘In force’ and ‘Pending’ patents within their 'Active' portfolio in e-Mobility technologies. Our previous post in this series discussed how these players ranked, in terms of their ‘Active’ patent portfolio in this technology. This week, we emphasize the importance of accurate legal status information, by differentiating Active patents into ‘In force’ and ‘Pending’.

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Tags: Deep-dive, Future, trend scouting, solutions provider, e-mobility, electric drivetrain, ev, BEV, electric vehicles, electric propulsion, legal status


Innovation in merger analysis - How the EU Commission evaluated the case of Bayer-Monsanto

Posted by Carsten Guderian and Nabu Xavier on Sep 4, 2019 3:03:21 PM

In September 2016, the German drugs and chemicals group Bayer announced its intention to acquire the multinational Monsanto, known for its Roundup herbicide and GMOs. This merger would produce the world’s most powerful company in the seed and pesticide industry. On 21 March 2018 the EU commission released a Press Release announcing their approval of the acquisition of Monsanto by Bayer. The merger was approved on the conditional divestiture of an extensive remedy package, which addresses the parties' overlaps in seeds, pesticides and digital agriculture. It is for determining such inconspicuous aspects of a merger, like technology overlap, that the EU commission relied on the LexisNexis® PatentSight® database and our award-winning Business Intelligence software solution.

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Tags: Technology, Science, Mergers and Acquisitions, Patent Analysis, Patent Valuation, Patent Asset Index, Patent Quality, M&A, Merger Evaluation, EU Commission, Competition Control


China in Rare Earth Elements - top supplier, major patent developer, yet portfolio strength still a concern

Posted by William Mansfield on Sep 4, 2019 10:33:56 AM

From recent news reports it became clear that China accounts for almost 90% of the world’s production and supply of the so-called Rare Earth Elements (REE). These are a group of 17 elements that are not commonly found in the earth's surface. For e.g. Scandium, one of the rare earth elements, is heavily used in manufacturing parts for the aerospace industry. Similarly, these elements have varied and extremely specific uses, for which, at least for the time-being, no viable substitutes can be sourced. We used our excellent patent database and scientifically proven metrics to analyze the current situation around rare earth elements from a patent quality point of view to identify possible opportunities and threats in this business.

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Tags: Technology, Science, Patent Analysis, Patent Valuation, Patent Asset Index, Patent Quality, Rare earth metals, China, USA, rare earth elements


e-Mobility - why is knowing the legal status of patents important?

Posted by Sarbani Chattopadhyay on Aug 30, 2019 4:26:19 PM

Having already seen a bird’s eye view of the technology field of e-Mobility and having understood why accurate ownership information is important when conducting patent analytics, we now want to show you how precise and up-to-date legal status information of the patents being analysed is important to get a transparent view of any competitive technology landscape. In this blogpost, we compare the same Top 20 companies from the previous posts in this series, only this time we consider the legal status of the patents owned by them.

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Tags: Deep-dive, Future, trend scouting, solutions provider, e-mobility, electric drivetrain, ev, BEV, electric vehicles, electric propulsion


Patent portfolio evolution within the payment card industry - The American Express example

Posted by William Mansfield on Aug 29, 2019 8:38:38 AM

The payment card industry (PCI) encompasses organizations and institutions that store, process and transmit cardholder data, with major brands such as American Express, Mastercard Inc, Visa Inc and others. In this blog post, we provide insights into the competitive environment of the PCI with a focus on American Express, with regard to patent holdings. Using our industry-proven, scientifically validated Patent Asset Index™, we find that the company has fallen behind its competitors despite a constant patent portfolio development.

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Tags: Deep-dive, Future, trend scouting, solutions provider, American Express, card technology


e-Mobility technology - who's making it vs. who's buying it?

Posted by Sarbani Chattopadhyay on Aug 23, 2019 3:42:50 PM

Last week, we kicked off our Automotive Industry updates with a bird’s eye view of the technology field of e-Mobility, focusing mainly on the portfolio development in this field over the last few decades. This week, in e-Mobility updates, the LexisNexis® PatentSight® team brings you a comparative view of the top 20 patent owners in the field, with a twist.

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Tags: Deep-dive, Future, trend scouting, solutions provider, e-mobility, electric drivetrain, ev, BEV, electric vehicles, electric propulsion