1 Aug
2016

IP-related statistics from the recent past

A selection of key IP facts and figures, as reported by <em class="italic-light">IAM</em> and other sources

Table 1. USPTO patent grants 2015 – biggest risers

Ranking

Company

% rise

New patent grants

1

NXP Semiconductors

147.9

967

2

Avago

144.4

303

3

Yazaki Corp

66.5

388

4

Becton Dickinson and Co

61

248

5

Amazon Technologies

53.3

1,136

6

Aktiebolaget

52.4

160

7

Corning

51.8

419

8

Ford Global Technologies

49.1

1,199

9

Caterpillar

44.7

706

10

Sandisk

41.8

356

Source: Intellectual Property Owners Association

Table 2. USPTO patent grants 2015 – biggest fallers

Ranking

Company name

% fall

New patent grants

1

Panasonic

88.1

286

2

Konica Minolta Business Technology Inc.

80.7

129

3

LSI Corp

75.5

151

4

Airbus Operations SAS

72.1

200

5

ABB Technologies AG

63.1

131

6

Nokia Corp

57.2

272

7

Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (Shenzhen) Co Ltd

56.7

208

8

ZTE Corp

41

416

9

Synopsis Inc

39.9

116

10

NEC

39.2

773

Source: Intellectual Property Owners Association

Figure 1. Terms used by the mainstream media to describe non-practising entities by relative frequency, 1994-2014

Source: IP CloseUp, Stanford Technology Law Review

Table 3. Stock performance of selected publicly traded IP-centric companies, May-July 2016

Source: Google Finance

*Formerly known as Vringo

Tables 4a and 4b show the entities with the highest volume of in-bound patent assignment transactions (assignee table) and out-bound patent assignment transactions (assignor table), as recorded at the US Patent and Trademark Office. These results are calculated by aggregating the number of transactions completed by an assignee/assignor in May and June 2016. One transaction may include multiple patents, patent families and patent portfolios. Many companies create numerous holding vehicles to house their different IP portfolios; this is why similar company names may appear multiple times in the tables.

Table 4a. Top 30 patent assignees by number of transactions, May-June 2016

#

Assignee entity

Number of assignments transacted

1

National Institutes Of Health (NIH), U.S. Dept. Of Health And Human Services (DHHS), U.S. Government

452

2

National Science Foundation

85

3

Dow Global Technologies LLC

68

4

Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.

62

5

Intel Corporation

61

6

Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba

57

7

Schlumberger Technology Corporation

46

8

Nokia Technologies OY

46

9

Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (Publ)

45

10

International Business Machines Corporation

45

11

The Regents Of The University Of California

43

12

Microsoft Corporation

43

13

CNH Industrial America LLC

43

14

Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.

41

15

Google Inc.

39

16

Energy, United States Department Of

35

17

The Dow Chemical Company

32

18

Novartis AG

32

19

National Institutes Of Health - Director Deitr

32

20

Marvell International Ltd.

31

21

Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.

31

22

General Electric Company

31

23

Siemens Aktiengesellschaft

30

24

Theranos, Inc.

29

25

Siemens Healthcare GmbH

29

26

Qualcomm Incorporated

29

27

Broadcom Corporation

29

28

Sony Corporation

28

29

United Technologies Corporation

27

30

U.S. Department Of Energy

27

Source: ktMINE (www.ktmine.com)

Table 4b. Top 30 patent assignors by number of transactions, May-June 2016

#

Assignor entity

Number of assignments transacted

1

University Of Rochester

33

2

General Electric Company

32

3

Siemens Aktiengesellschaft

29

4

Mandiant, LLC

23

5

Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.

16

6

Case Western Reserve University

16

7

Johns Hopkins University

14

8

GS CleanTech Corporation

13

9

Bascom Research, LLC

13

10

Transcorp, Inc.

12

11

Princeton University

12

12

Marvell World Trade Ltd.

12

13

Marvell International Ltd.

12

14

Sandisk Technologies Inc

11

15

Silicon Valley Bank

10

16

Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.

10

17

ScienBiziP Consulting(Shenzhen)Co.,Ltd.

9

18

Nissin Kogyo Co., Ltd.

9

19

Marvell Semiconductor, Inc.

9

20

Ito, Hiroshi

9

21

Freeman, Mitchael C.

9

22

Freeman, Michael H.

9

23

Ciena Canada, Inc.

9

24

Bank Of America, N.A.

9

25

The Law Office Of Michael E. Kondoudis

8

26

Syntheon Cardiology, LLC

8

27

Searete LLC

8

28

Reasner, Nick

8

29

Rabe, Thomas Elliot

8

30

Montana Tech Of The University Of Montana

8

Source: ktMINE (www.ktmine.com)