31 Jul
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, May-July 2015

Source: Google Finance

*ITUS Corporation stock underwent a one for 25 reverse split on June 26 and began trading on NASDAQ on July 10

Table 2a. Top 30 patent assignees by number of transactions, May-June 2015

 

Assignee entity

Number of assignments transacted

1

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

863

2

National Science Foundation

374

3

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

366

4

Intel Corporation

95

5

Nokia Technologies Oy

88

6

Dow Global Technologies LLC

84

7

Microsoft Corporation

76

8

Thomson Reuters Global Resources

75

9

Inventor Holdings, LLC

75

10

Sony Corporation

72

11

Fuhu Inc.

72

12

International Business Machines Corporation

66

13

Siemens Aktiengesellschaft

65

14

Robert Bosch GmbH

61

15

The Regents Of The University Of California

60

16

Northwestern University

53

17

Cao Group, Inc.

53

18

Energy, United States Department Of

46

19

Japan Display Inc.

45

20

Silicon Valley Bank

42

21

Qualcomm Incorporated

42

22

Depuy Synthes Products, Inc.

40

23

Olympus Corporation

37

24

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha

36

25

Walker Asset Management Limited Partnership

34

26

U.S. Department of Energy

34

27

The Invention Science Fund I, LLC

34

28

The Dow Chemical Company

34

29

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

34

30

Google Inc.

34

Source: ktMINE (www.ktmine.com)

Table 2b. Top 30 patent assignors by number of transactions, May-June 2015

 

Assignor entity

Number of assignments transacted

1

University Of Utah

56

2

Massachusetts Institute Of Technology

56

3

Fujioka, Robb

54

4

University Of Texas, Austin

43

5

Thomson Reuters (Markets) LLC

39

6

Searete LLC

34

7

University Of Minnesota

31

8

Reuters Limited

24

9

Jensen, Steven D

23

10

ScienBiziP Consulting (Shenzhen)Co.,Ltd.

22

11

IXYS Ch GmbH

22

12

Cao, Densen

21

13

Albert Einstein College of Medicine

21

14

Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.

19

15

Fuhu Holdings, Inc.

17

16

Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.

16

17

Spansion LLC

14

18

Sony Mobile Communications AB

13

19

Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

13

20

Sharp Laboratories Of America Inc.

13

21

Khlat, Nadim

13

22

Wilson, Martin Paul

11

23

Silicon Valley Bank

11

24

Jefferies Finance LLC

11

25

Atigeo LLC

11

26

Florida Agricultural And Mechanical Univ

10

27

Cummings, Eugene M

10

28

Sony Corporation

9

29

Princeton University

9

30

Nichols, Michael J.

9

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 May and June 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. Patents per $1 billion revenue of the top 35 US patent owners

Rank

Company

Granted US patents in force

2014 revenues (billions $)

Patents per $1 billion revenue

1

Samsung Electronics

55,417

186.28

297

2

IBM

44,278

92.80

477

3

Canon

37,863

31.08

1218

4

Panasonic

30,149

73.46

410

5

Sony

29,281

75.38

388

6

Microsoft

28,130

86.80

324

7

Intel

24,306

55.90

435

8

Toshiba

24,026

63.17

380

9

Hewlett-Packard

21,914

111.50

197

10

Hitachi

21,484

91.26

235

11

Fujitsu

20,980

39.60

530

12

General Electric

20,216

146.00

138

13

Micron Technology

18,889

16.36

1155

14

Fujifilm

18,739

23.68

791

15

LG Electronics

18,330

55.91

328

16

Siemens

16,916

81.72

207

17

Texas Instruments

16,905

13.05

1295

18

Seiko Epson

16,551

8.20

2018

20

Ricoh

14,449

18.14

797

21

Oracle

14,300

38.30

373

22

Alcatel-Lucent

13,987

16.81

832

23

Google

13,733

66.00

208

24

Hon Hai

13,691

135.16

101

25

Qualcomm

13,643

26.49

515

26

Xerox

12,797

19.54

655

27

Sharp

12,665

22.46

564

28

Honda

12,375

111.14

111

29

AT&T

11,795

132.45

89

30

Toyota

11,736

227.10

52

31

NEC

11,525

23.66

487

32

Cisco

11,394

47.14

242

33

Honeywell

11,320

40.31

281

34

Apple

10,942

182.80

60

35

Renesas Electronics

10,871

6.38

1704

Table 3 shows entities’ 2014 revenues compared to the number of granted US patents they own. The entities are the 35 largest holders of in-force US patents as of the end of 2014 according to MDB Capital Group. Revenue figures are from Yahoo! Finance and Bloomberg.

NB: Intellectual Ventures is known to own 15,444 issued patents but is omitted because its revenues are not public

Sources: MDB Capital Group; Bloomberg; Yahoo! Finance

Table 4. Top 10 inter partes review filers at the US Patent and Trademark Office as of May 2015

 

Company

Industry

Region

Number of filings

1

Apple

Consumer electronics

United States

131

2

Samsung Electronics

Consumer electronics

South Korea

74

3

Google

Internet

United States

67

4

Microsoft

Software/consumer electronics

United States

60

5

LG Electronics

Consumer electronics

South Korea

46

6

TRW Automotive**

Automotive

United States

39

7

The Gillette Company

Health and beauty

United States

35

8

Ford

Automotive

United States

34

9

Oracle

Software

United States

33

10

Toyota

Automotive

Japan

32

Sources: Lex Machina; Unified Patents **TRW Automotive was acquired by ZF Friedrichshafen in May 2015