1 Jun
2015

IP-related statistics from the recent past

A selection of key IP facts and figures, as reported by <em>IAM</em> and other sources

Table 1. Stock performance of selected publicly traded IP-centric companies, March-May 2015

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Source: Google Finance

Table 2a. Top 30 patent assignees by number of transactions, March-April 2015

#

Assignee entity

Number of assignments transacted

1

National Science Foundation

301

2

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

239

3

Japan Display Inc.

104

4

Microsoft Corporation

91

5

Nokia Technologies Oy

90

6

Inventor Holdings, LLC

90

7

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

87

8

Intel Corporation

80

9

AliphCom

79

10

International Business Machines Corporation

73

11

Dow Global Technologies LLC

59

12

Walker Digital, LLC

57

13

Marvell International Ltd.

57

14

Energy, United States Department Of

57

15

Siemens Aktiengesellschaft

55

16

The Regents Of The University Of California

51

17

Sony Corporation

51

18

Robert Bosch GmbH

48

19

U.S. Department Of Energy

46

20

DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.

42

21

Qualcomm Incorporated

40

22

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha

39

23

Scienbizip Consulting(Shenzhen) Co.,Ltd.

39

24

Rovi Guides, Inc.

39

25

UV Corp.

38

26

TV Guide, Inc.

38

27

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

38

28

Ji Zhun Precision Industry (Hui Zhou) Co., Ltd.

36

29

Zhongshan Innocloud Intellectual Property Services Co.,Ltd.

35

30

AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.

35

Source: ktMINE (www.ktmine.com)

Table 2b. Top 30 patent assignors by number of transactions, March-April 2015

#

Assignor entity

Number of assignments transacted

1

Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.

58

2

Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.

41

3

University Of Utah

39

4

Searete LLC

38

5

Canon Kasei Kabushiki Kaisha

36

6

Conversant Intellectual Property Management Inc.

30

7

Sloan-Kettering Inst Can Research

29

8

Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.

28

9

University Of Southern California

23

10

Scienbizip Consulting (Shenzhen)Co.,Ltd.

23

11

Donaldson, Thomas Alan

22

12

Gormley, Eamonn

18

13

Betts-Lacroix, Jonathan, Mr.

17

14

Sharp Laboratories Of America Inc.

16

15

Rubin, Kim, Mr.

16

16

Chen & Chen, LLC

15

17

Boston Biomedical Research Institute

15

18

Xue, Songsheng

14

19

University Of Minnesota

14

20

Salk Institute For Biological Studies

13

21

Lavelle, Richard M.

13

22

Compuware Corporation

13

23

Krow Innovation, LLC

12

24

Lei, Xiaofeng

11

25

Immendorf, Chaz

11

26

Element Six Limited

11

27

Deak, James Geza

11

28

Silicon Image, Inc.

10

29

Shen, Weifeng

10

30

Los Alamos National Security

10

Tables 2a and 2b 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 March and April 2015.

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.

Source: ktMINE (www.ktmine.com)

Table 3. US lawsuits and inter partesreviews - involvement of global top eight automobile manufacturers

Company

Lawsuits filed 2010-2014 in which the company is a defendant

Lawsuits filed 2010-2014 in which the company is a plaintiff

Inter partes reviews filed since 2012

Open inter partes reviews as of April 2015

Ford 

52

2

34

32

Toyota

49

1

32

14

Honda

34

1

12

3

Hyundai

38

1

11

3

Volkswagen

34

0

10

8

Nissan

41

0

7

5

Fiat-Chrysler

30

2

3

2

General Motors

34

0

0

0

Source: Lex Machina

Figure 1. Chinese patent holdings of selected major smartphone manufacturers 2015

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NB: Utility model patents not included.

Sources: Tech In Asia; State IP Office of the People’s Republic of China; World IP Organisation