European Commission’s DG-Comp Relies on LexisNexis PatentSight when Evaluating Anti-trust Cases in Mergers

Posted by LexisNexis PatentSight team on Dec 18, 2019 11:32:08 AM

In an international tender, the EU Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition selected LexisNexis® PatentSight® and its business intelligence analytics software as the patent data and patent analytics provider.

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Tags: Technology, Science, Mergers and Acquisitions, IP Data Quality, Patent Analysis, Patent Valuation, Innovation, Patent Asset Index, Regulation, Benchmarking, trend scouting, mergers, Merger Control, EU Commission, Competition Control

David swallows Goliath – Insights about AMS’ acquisition of OSRAM from a patent perspective

Posted by Andreas Lübbering on Dec 11, 2019 3:03:23 PM

Last Friday AMS announced that it finally acquired more than 55% of Osram’s shares taking a crucial step in acquiring one of Germany’s most known companies. Osram Licht AG is a multinational lighting manufacturer headquartered in Munich offering innovative and sustainable lighting solutions. AMS AG designs and manufactures advanced sensor solutions. With the acquisition of Osram AMS wants to create a world class photonics and sensor champion.

Beside these eager plans and AMS growing rapidly in the last years, there is skepticism that AMS, which is merely a third of the size of its takeover target, would not be able to manage a global company like Osram. The size difference between the merging companies is also visible looking at the patent portfolios, which we want to have a closer look at.

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Tags: Technology, Patent Analysis, Patent Quality, Deep-dive, trend scouting, mergers, M&A

Tesla's shares overtake General Motors' - but how do their technologies compare?

Posted by Andreas Lübbering on Nov 5, 2019 4:51:30 PM

As reported by Reuters on 24th October 2019, Tesla shares gained 17% last week, as the company managed to achieve their targeted profits for the quarter. Due to this gain, Tesla’s market capitalization crossed that of General Motors', a legacy manufacturer in the automotive industry. As explained in the report, this sudden increase in profits for Tesla were mainly due to the increased demand for the Tesla cars. This news clearly highlights the trend that the automotive customer’s affinity has shifted from the conventional combustion engine vehicles towards the more technologically advanced electric vehicles. Tesla being a pioneer in this segment has been hailed as the driving force behind this shift. On the heels of this news, we think it is of utmost importance that investors study the patent portfolios of these companies to understand where, how and by how much the two automotive technology developers differ from each other.

We performed the following analysis using our patented patent data analytics software, LexisNexis® PatentSight®. By selecting the portfolios of the two owners and using a variety of available charts and tables to draw insights from, we compared the portfolios of these innovation leaders to find answers to the questions we asked in the previous section. Read on to learn how Tesla was able to achieve this success based on the quality of the technology that they own.

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

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