1 Apr
2016

IP-related statistics from the recent past

Table 1. Quietest months for US patent cases, 2012-2016

Month

Cases filed

January 2016

279

December 2015

280

February 2016

285

August 2015

311

September 2015

335

January 2014

336

September 2014

336

Source: Lex Machina

The monthly figure for new US patent lawsuit filings spiked to 845 last November ahead of new pleading standards which took effect on December 1 2015. The three months since then have been the quietest for new filings in the last four years.

Table 2. Top Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) applicants of 2015, based on published applications

Rank

Applicant

Country

Number of PCT applications

Change from 2014

1

Huawei Technologies Co. LTD.

China

3,898

456

2

Qualcomm Incorporated

United States

2,442

33

3

ZTE Corporation

China

2,155

-24

4

Samsung Electronics Co., LTD.

Republic of Korea

1,683

302

5

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation

Japan

1,593

0

6

Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (Publ)

Sweden

1,481

-31

7

LG Electronics Inc.

Republic of Korea

1,457

319

8

Sony Corporation

Japan

1,381

399

9

Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.

Netherlands

1,378

-13

10

Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.

United States

1,310

484

Source: WIPO

Table 3. Stock performance of selected publicly traded IP-centric companies, January-March 2016

Source: Google Finance

Tables 4A and 4Bshow 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 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, January-February 2016

#

Assignee entity

Number of assignments transacted

1

Solum Co., Ltd

162

2

Callahan Cellular L.L.C.

141

3

National Institutes Of Health - Director Deitr

90

4

Microsoft Corporation

76

5

Intel Corporation

71

6

Robert Bosch GmbH

67

7

Ulsan National Institute Of Science And Technology

67

8

Ol Security Limited Liability Company

59

9

Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

58

10

F. Poszat Hu, L.L.C.

54

11

The Regents Of The University Of California

50

12

Dow Global Technologies LLC

49

13

International Business Machines Corporation

49

14

Sony Corporation

46

15

Nokia Technologies Oy

45

16

Google Inc.

42

17

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

41

18

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha

40

19

Xenogenic Development Limited Liability Company

39

20

Gula Consulting Limited Liability Company

37

21

Massachusetts Institute Of Technology

36

22

Siemens Aktiengesellschaft

36

23

Qualcomm Incorporated

35

24

Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.

34

25

Research In Motion Limited

34

26

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha

34

27

Marvell International Ltd.

33

28

Rex Medical, L.P.

33

29

Skyworks Solutions, Inc.

33

30

Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.

32

Source: ktMINE (www.ktmine.com)

Table 4b. Top 30 patent assignors by number of transactions, January-February 2016

#

Assignor entity

Number of assignments transacted

1

Unist Academy-Industry Research Corporation

67

2

University Of Rochester

43

3

Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.

42

4

Bally Gaming, Inc.

31

5

Sharp Laboratories Of America, Inc.

29

6

Nissin Kogyo Co., Ltd.

21

7

Bank Of America, N.A.

14

8

Zlemma, Inc.

13

9

O2micro Inc.

13

10

University Of Connecticut

11

11

Leanics Corporation

11

12

Jpmorgan Chase Bank, N.A., As Agent

11

13

Autoliv Nissin Brake Systems Japan Co., Ltd.

11

14

Marvell World Trade Ltd.

10

15

Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.

10

16

Deutsche Bank AG New York Branch

10

17

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated

9

18

Takamoto, Naohide

9

19

Soon-Shiong, Patrick

9

20

Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

9

21

Roosenboom-Kooijmans, Maria Helena

9

22

Maclennan, Grant A.

9

23

University Of California San Diego

8

24

Searete LLC

8

25

Princeton University

8

26

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

8

27

Gupta, Amit

8

28

Cook Incorporated

8

29

Zeevi, Yehoshua Y

7

30

Villar, Vicente Cajiga

7

Source: ktMINE (www.ktmine.com)