31 Mar
2017

IP-related statistics from the recent past

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

Table 1. Biggest tech IPOs (ranked by company valuation at time of listing)

Company

IPO valuation

Acquired patents from IBM?

Alibaba

$167.4 billion (listed September 2014)

Yes - picked up 22 patents in 2013

Facebook

$104.2 billion (listed May 2012)

Yes - acquired 696 patents in 2012 for $83 million

JD.com

$26.2 billion (listed May 2014)

No

Snap

$23.6 billion (listed March 2017)

Yes - bought 245 patents in Jan 2016

Google

$23 billion (listed August 2004)

Yes - bought more than 2,000

Twitter

$14.2 billion (listed November 2013)

Yes - bought 943 patents for $36 million in 2014

LinkedIn

$4.3 billion (listed May 2011)

Yes - acquired 801 assets in a 2014 transaction

Square

$2.9 billion (listed November 2015)

No

Match.com

$2.9 billion (listed November 2015)

No

Pandora

$2.6 billion (listed June 2011)

No

Table 2. Newly announced region-based rates for Via Licensing’s AAC patent pool

Volume (per unit / annual reset)

Per unit fee, devices sold in or sold for use in developed markets

Per unit fee, devices sold in or sold for use in developing markets

For the first 1 to 500,000 units

$0.98

$0.64

For units 500,001 to 1,000,000

$0.78

$0.51

For units 1,000,001 to 2,000,000

$0.68

$0.44

For units 2,000,001 to 5,000,000

$0.45

$0.29

For units 5,000,001 to 10,000,000

$0.42

$0.27

For units 10,000,001 to 20,000,000

$0.22

$0.14

For units 20,000,001 to 50,000,000

$0.20

$0.13

For units 50,000,001 to 75,000,000

$0.15

$0.10

For units 75,000,001 and more

$0.10

$0.07

For region definitions, see www.via-corp.com/us/en/licensi...

Table 3. China’s top 10 domestic invention patent filers of 2016

Applicant

Applicationsfiled

Industry

Headquarters city

Huawei

4,906

Telecoms; consumer electronics

Shenzhen

Sinopec

4,405

Petroleum

Beijing

LeEco

4,197

Consumer electronics; entertainment

Beijing

ZTE

3,941

Telecoms; consumer electronics

Shenzhen

Oppo*

3,778

Consumer electronics

Dongguan

BOE

3,569

Display technology

Beijing

Gree Electric

3,299

Electronics; household appliances

Zhuhai

Xiaomi

3,280

Consumer electronics; internet

Beijing

Nubian**

2,912

Telecoms; consumer electronics

Shenzhen

State Grid Corporation of China

2,784

Electric utility

Beijing

*Oppo is a subsidiary of BBK Electronics
**Nubian is a majority-owned subsidiary of ZTE

Source: SIPO

Table 4. Stock performance of selected publicly traded IP-centric companies, January-March 2017

Source: Google Finance

Tables 5A and 5B 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 January and February 2017.

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 5A. Top 30 patent assignees by number of transactions, January-February 2017

#

Assignee entity

Number of assignments transacted

1

HMD Global Oy

585

2

Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.

292

3

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

224

4

Inphi Corporation

212

5

S-Printing Solution Co., Ltd.

191

6

LG Electronics Inc.

122

7

National Science Foundation

119

8

Dow Global Technologies LLC

102

9

Microsoft Corporation

88

10

Garuda Technology Co., Ltd

84

11

International Business Machines Corporation

80

12

Robert Bosch GmbH

78

13

S-Printing Solution Co. Ltd.

73

14

The Procter & Gamble Company

69

15

Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.

68

16

Nike, Inc.

66

17

Champ Tech Optical (Foshan) Corporation

65

18

Sony Corporation

65

19

Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC

63

20

President And Fellows Of Harvard College

60

21

Intel Corporation

60

22

Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.

55

23

National Institutes Of Health - Director DEITR

55

24

Google Inc.

55

25

Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba

53

26

Fukui Precision Component (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.

53

27

The Regents Of The University Of California

52

28

Thomson Licensing Dtv

50

29

Qualcomm Incorporated

49

30

Siemens Aktiengesellschaft

47

Source: ktMINE 

Table 5B. Top 30 patent assignors by number of transactions, January-February 2017

#

Assignor entity

Number of assignments transacted

1

Foxconn Technology Co., Ltd.

94

2

Champ Tech Optical (Foshan) Corporation

94

3

Zhen Ding Technology Co., Ltd.

84

4

Cortina Systems, Inc.

62

5

Fukui Precision Component (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.

53

6

University Of Texas, Austin

32

7

Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.

32

8

National Steel Car Limited

32

9

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

30

10

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

27

11

Arizona State University-Tempe Campus

25

12

Bauer Hockey Corp.

25

13

Hilco Patent Acquisition 55, LLC

24

14

Tufts University Boston

23

15

Dura Automotive Body & Glass Systems GmbH

22

16

VideoMining Corporation

20

17

University Of Utah

20

18

Siemens Aktiengesellschaft

18

19

Bank Of America, N.A.

16

20

Siemens Corporation

15

21

Tufts University

14

22

CaptionCall, LLC

14

23

EMC Corporation

14

24

Cincinnati Childrens Hosp Med Ctr

13

25

Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.

12

26

Hongqisheng Precision Electronics (Qinhuangdao) Co.,Ltd.

12

27

Wells Fargo Bank, National Association

12

28

Thomson Licensing

12

29

Zuritis, Michael

11

30

Kimree Hi-Tech Inc.

11

Source: ktMINE