1 Dec
2014

IP-related statistics from the recent past

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

Figure 1. US patent applicants with the most allowances withdrawn since Alice Corp v CLS Bank

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This chart shows which assignees of patent applications have had the most allowances (ie, notices that a patent application is allowable) withdrawn by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) since the US Supreme Court’s June 2014 decision in Alice Corp v CLS Bank International.

Source: “Apply it to the USPTO: Review of the implementation of Alice v CLS Bank in patent examination”, Tristan Gray-Le Coz and Charles Duan, 2014 Patently-O Patent Law Journal

Table 1. Stock performance of selected publicly traded IP-centric companies, September-November 2014

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Source: Google Finance

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 USPTO. These results are calculated by aggregating the number of transactions completed by an assignee/assignor in September and October 2014. 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 appear multiple times in the tables.

Table 2a. Top 30 patent assignees by number of transactions, September-October 2014

#

Assignee entity

Number of assignments transacted

1

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

284

2

Microsoft Corporation

134

3

Intel Corporation

105

4

International Business Machines Corporation

93

5

Qualcomm Incorporated

67

6

Kimree Hi-Tech Inc.

60

7

Energy, United States Department Of

56

8

Siemens Aktiengesellschaft

55

9

U.S. Department Of Energy

53

10

Abbott Diabetes Care Inc.

52

11

Google Inc.

51

12

Cognex Technology And Investment LLC

50

13

Sony Corporation

48

14

The Regents Of The University Of California

44

15

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

43

16

Henkel Corporation

40

17

Apple Inc.

37

18

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha

36

19

Robert Bosch GmbH

35

20

Novartis AG

34

21

The Invention Science Fund I, LLC

33

22

AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.

33

23

Silicon Valley Bank

31

24

Shutterfly, Inc

31

25

Henkel AG & Co. KGaA

31

26

Thomson Licensing

29

27

Nike, Inc.

28

28

Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.

28

29

Dow Global Technologies LLC

27

30

Valve Corporation

26

Source: ktMINE (www.ktmine.com)

Table 2b. Top 30 patent assignors by number of transactions, September-October 2014

#

Assignor entity

Number of assignments transacted

1

Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.

35

2

Searete LLC

25

3

Bank Of America, N.A.

22

4

AT&T Corp.

22

5

Yairi, Micah B.

20

6

AT&T Properties, LLC

18

7

NicOx SA

13

8

Euro-Celtique S.A.

13

9

Saal, Nathaniel Mark

12

10

Nestle Waters Management & Technology

11

11

Hueter, Geoffrey J.

11

12

Fujioka, Robb

11

13

Ciesla, Craig M.

11

14

Carswell, Ian B.

11

15

SPF Tech, LLC

10

16

Siemens Corporation

10

17

Nicholas, Frank C.

10

18

Ford, Byron D.

10

19

Oscillon Ltd.

9

20

Nanostim, Inc.

9

21

Liang, George

9

22

General Instrument Holdings, Inc.

9

23

Baylor College Of Medicine

9

24

Turner, David

8

25

STMicroelectronics Pvt. Ltd.

8

26

MO2, LLC

8

27

Marshall, Michael C.

8

28

Iyer, Sundar

8

29

Ejebe, Kenechi, Dr.

8

30

Cywee Group Limited

8

Source: ktMINE (www.ktmine.com)