1 Oct
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. IP royalty balance, selected countries 2001-2012

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Sources: “Balance of Payments” by MOF (Japan), BEA(US), Eurostat(Germany/France/UK),UNCTAD(China/Korea)

Please note that the definition of ‘IP royalty’ varies among countries.

Figure 2. Number of patent examiners, IP5 offices 2006-2012

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Source: Japan Patent Office Annual Report 2013

Table 1 (below). Stock performance of selected publicly traded IP-centric companies, July-September 2014

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*CopyTele changed its name to ITUS on September 2 2014

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 July and August 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, July-August 2014

#

Assignee entity

Number of assignments transacted

1

Hon Hai Precision Industry Co, Ltd

329

2

National Science Foundation

311

3

Intel Corporation

147

4

Microsoft Corporation

114

5

Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (Shenzhen) Co, Ltd

101

6

International Business Machines Corporation

98

7

Dow Global Technologies LLC

98

8

Qualcomm Incorporated

87

9

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha

82

10

Florida Turbine Technologies Inc

80

11

Abbott Diabetes Care Inc

68

12

BTG International Limited

64

13

Sony Corporation

61

14

Medtronic Minimed, Inc

61

15

National Institutes Of Health (NIH), US Dept Of Health And Human Services (DHHS), US Government

58

16

Samsung Electronics Co, Ltd

52

17

Siemens Aktiengesellschaft

50

18

Japan Display Inc

50

19

Oki Electric Industry Co, Ltd

44

20

National Steel Car Ltd

44

21

Telefonaktiebolaget L M Ericsson (Publ)

42

22

Symbol Technologies, Inc

41

23

The Regents Of The University Of California

40

24

Alcatel Lucent

40

25

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha

39

26

The Invention Science Fund I, LLC

39

27

Novartis AG

39

28

Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co, Ltd

37

29

Fatdoor, Inc

37

30

AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP

37

Source: ktMINE (www.ktmine.com)

Table 2b. Top 30 patent assignors by number of transactions, July-August 2014

#

Assignor entity

Number of assignments transacted

1

Sharp Laboratories Of America Inc

71

2

Abhyanker, Raj

36

3

Searete LLC

33

4

Abbott Laboratories

30

5

Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc

29

6

Dinan, Esmael Hejazi

17

7

Nalco Company

16

8

Singh, Shailesh

16

9

PNC Bank, National Association (As Successor-By-Merger To National City Bank)

15

10

Lillard, James W, Jr

14

11

Hitachi Vehicle Energy, Ltd

13

12

Madison Capital Funding LLC

13

13

FSJC III, LLC, As Collateral Agent

12

14

Hitachi, Ltd

10

15

Silicon Valley Bank

10

16

Hitachi Consumer Electronics Co, Ltd

10

17

Siemens Corporation

10

18

Bank Of America, NA

9

19

Sony Computer Entertainment Inc

9

20

Ryan, Daniel J

9

21

Richard, Bernard J

9

22

Pulfer, Roland

9

23

Premark Packaging LLC

9

24

Kueckendahl, Peter J

9

25

Konami Digital Entertainment Co, Ltd

9

26

Gilmartin, Brad D

9

27

Armbruster, Kevin L

9

28

General Electric Capital Corporation

8

29

Microsoft Corporation

8

30

Garrison Loan Agency Services LLC

8

Source: ktMINE (www.ktmine.com)