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.
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.
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.
Since 2010 Amazon has grown its patent portfolio from less than 1,000 active patents in 2010 to nearly 10,000 in 2019, a ten-fold increase in less than a decade.
Amazon heavily cites Microsoft, IBM, and Alphabet, with 39%, 32% and 28% of Amazon’s total Patent Asset Index
Amazon’s patent portfolio is dominated by Cloud Computing, with the majority of the patents contributing to AWS’ current and future services roadmap. AWS achieved 41% year-over-year revenue growth in the latest fiscal quarter, reaching $7.6B in revenue.
"The competitor to be feared is one who never bothers about you at all, but goes on making his own business better all the time."
- Henry Ford
E-mobility is unquestionably on the rise. As patent analysis experts, we have seen this trend in the absolute and qualitative increase in patenting in this technology class (IPC & CPC – B60L). According to a recent study by the International Energy Agency, global electric car sales witnessed an astonishing 40% year on year growth in 2018. If this growth is maintained, it is not long before conventional combustion engine cars become a thing of the past like steam powered vehicles. In this context, Automotive OEM's need to ensure they have all the right information regarding this technology to be better prepared to face these changing times. Read on, to know how clean patent data and accurate analytics can provide the necessary insights to your strategic decision making process.
“Our competitors no longer just make cars. Companies like Google, Apple and even Facebook are what I think about at night.”
While the Automotive industry is no stranger to partnerships between rivals, a recent tide of partnerships to develop Autonomous driving has been raising interest and a lot of questions regarding the fruitfulness of such "tie-ups". Major players like Daimler and BMW, VW and Ford, Renault and Fiat have already formed or are in the process of forming strategic partnerships to develop technologies in the field of “Autonomous Driving”. All these proposed ventures will shape the face of mobility in the future. It is therefore important for the parties in it to ensure that they are forming the right alliances. But how to go about finding out the secret strength that a prospective partner possesses? We believe and can demonstrate that patent analysis, using our award winning software and scientifically validated metrics, is an excellent method to scout for and investigate proposed strategic partnerships.
“我看到三星手機上有一些不錯的功能，希望 iPhone 也能具備。希望蘋果願意並且能夠使用這些功能，但我不知道三星是否會阻止我們。”
- Steve Wozniak
近年來，智慧手機行業一直以驚人的速度發展，主要製造商每年都會發佈更新和升級的旗艦智慧手機。在這場勢均力敵的技術競賽中，沒有人知道誰會勝出，也沒有人知道哪款產品會成為下一代 iPhone X 或 Galaxy Fold。對於外界而言，這個行業似乎發展快速，但如果瞭解專利的開發情況，便會發現這是 20 多年來逐步發展的結果。近期，三星、蘋果和其他主要廠商紛紛宣告準備推出折疊面板智慧手機，這引發人們對這行業新的猜測。
“There are good things I see on Samsung phones that I wish were in my iPhone. I wish Apple would use them and could use them, and I don't know if Samsung would stop us."
- Steve Wozniak
The smartphone industry has been evolving at break-neck speed, of late, with key players releasing updated and upgraded flagship smartphones every year. This technology race is close, and there is no telling who will succeed or which product will be the next iPhone X or Galaxy fold. To the rest of the world, this industry and its developments may seem fast but if you look at patent developments, you will realize that this has been happening gradually over more than 2 decades. With the most recent announcements from Samsung, Apple and other major players, all getting ready to launch foldable display smartphones, the industry is abuzz with new speculation.
So far, not much information is available about where these key players are at, in developing this new form of smartphone display technology. There is speculation that foldable smart phones are just around the corner, but no real world development has happened, nor is the technological aspects of the product overtly discussed. In such a situation, patent data analysis is one of the most reliable and insightful methods that can shed light into this otherwise unclear technology space.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
The entire team is ecstatic about winning the "Best Big Data Reporting & Analytics Solution" award at this years SIIA CODiE awards. This was announced at the Business Technology & Company CODiE Award Winner Announcement Party at San Francisco. LexisNexis PatentSight was announced one of three finalists earlier this year, in May. The first-round review of all nominees is conducted by software and business technology experts with considerable industry expertise, including members of the industry, analysts, media, bloggers, bankers and investors. The scores from the expert judge review determine the finalists. SIIA members then vote on the finalist products, and the scores from both rounds are tabulated to select the winners. We’re honored and humbled to be receiving the CODiE Award and congrats to all the other winners.
The Press Release of FCA’s proposal for a ‘transformative merger’ with Groupe Renault brings forth the possibility of major change of scenario in the global automotive industry. The proposed merged entity is to be split equally between FCA and Renault shareholders. The merger is expected to allow the combined companies to have greater market coverage in terms of span of automotive technologies and global presence. As claimed by FCA, a noteworthy point in this proposal is the predicted incremental value expected to be routed to Nissan and Mitsubishi as members of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance.