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2014

IP-related statistics from the recent past

A selection of key IP facts and figures, as reported by IAM and other sources

Table 1. Most favourable US federal district courts to patent holders, 1995-2013

Overall rank

District

Median time to trial (years)

Overall success rate

Median damages awarded

1

Virginia Eastern

0.97

32%

$37,334,272

2

Delaware

1.97

41%

$19,105,617

3

Texas Eastern

2.21

57%

$9,101,683

4

Wisconsin Western

1.08

31%

$4,901,798

5

Florida Middle

1.8

54%

$322,927

6

Texas Southern

2.01

23%

$57,046,837

7

New Jersey

2.71

34%

$16,584,682

8

Texas Northern

2.42

46%

$3,643,782

9

California Central

2.23

29%

$3,139,412

10

California Northern

2.44

23%

$8,425,257

11

New York Southern

2.88

28%

$5,581,695

12

Massachusetts

3.58

31%

$4,237,438

13

Minnesota

2.66

29%

$1,648,192

14

Illinois Northern

3.67

26%

$5,978,390

15

Florida Southern

2.5

25%

$380,052

Source: PricewaterhouseCoopers 2014 Patent Litigation Study

 

Table 2. Stock performance of selected publicly traded IP-centric companies, May-July 2014

Company

Market

Ticker symbol

Share price at market close, May 23

Share price at market close, July 23

Percentage change in share price, May 23-July 23

Market cap, July 23

Acacia Research

NASDAQ

ACTG

15.07

14.97

-0.66%

$749.44m

CopyTele*

OTCMKTS

COPY

0.32

0.26

-18.75%

$56.42m

InterDigital

NASDAQ

IDCC

37.71

44.69

18.51%

$1.81b

Marathon Patent Group**

OTCBB

MARA

8.55

12.39

44.91%

$68.02m

OPTi

OTCMKTS

OPTI

0.51

0.51

0.00%

$5.94m

ParkerVision

NASDAQ

PRKR

4.67

1.33

-71.52%

$128.63m

Pendrell Corporation

NASDAQ

PCO

1.59

1.62

1.89%

$346.02m

Spherix

NASDAQ

SPEX

1.51

1.53

1.32%

$18.77m

Unwired Planet

NASDAQ

UPIP

2.19

2.04

-6.85%

$225.29m

VirnetX

NYSE

VHC

15.51

14.76

-4.84%

$760.03m

Vringo

NASDAQ

VRNG

3.27

3.3

0.92%

$285.50m

Wi-LAN

TSX

WIN

3.29

3.36

2.13%

C$403.55m

RPX Corporation

NASDAQ

RPXC

16.49

16.37

-0.73%

$867.82m

Document Security Systems

NYSE

DSS

1.32

1.37

3.79%

$68.10m

Rambus

NASDAQ

RMBS

11.76

12.53

6.55%

$1.43b

Tessera Technologies

NASDAQ

TSRA

22.44

23.56

4.99%

$1.26b

Murgitroyd Group

LSE

MUR

664

547

-17.62%

£48.83m

RWS Holdings

LSE

RWS

866.5

770.5

-11.08%

£326.04m

IP Group

LSE

IPO

170.6

195.5

14.60%

£937.47m

Source: Google Finance * Data from Yahoo! Finance **Marathon Patent Group stock began trading on the NASDAQ as of July 28 2014

Business model

Hybrid patent monetisation/operating company

Venture capital

Patent monetisation

Defensive patent aggregation

Service provider

 

Table 3a. Top 30 patent assignees by number of transactions,

May-June 2014

#

Assignee entity

Number of assignments transacted

1

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

668

2

Energy, United States Department Of

192

3

CNH Industrial America, LLC

172

4

Theravance Biopharma R&D IP, LLC

140

5

International Business Machines Corporation

94

6

BTG International Limited

88

7

Dow Global Technologies LLC

82

8

Siemens Aktiengesellschaft

78

9

Qualcomm Incorporated

75

10

Panasonic Corporation

75

11

Intel Corporation

73

12

Ericsson Modems SA

65

13

Samsung Electronics Co, Ltd

64

14

Sony Corporation

60

15

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

54

16

Microsoft Corporation

53

17

Google Inc

50

18

The Dow Chemical Company

44

19

Symbol Technologies, Inc

42

20

Telefonaktiebolaget L M Ericsson (PUBL)

41

21

CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd

41

22

WebTV Networks, Inc

36

23

Nuventix, Inc

36

24

Resmed Limited

35

25

Japan Display Inc

35

26

The Johns Hopkins University

34

27

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha

34

28

US Department Of Energy

33

29

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha

32

30

The Regents Of The University Of California

32

Source: ktMINE (www.ktmine.com)

 

Table 3b. Top 30 patent assignors by number of transactions,

May-June 2014

#

Assignor entity

Number of assignments transacted

1

Theravance, Inc

175

2

Sharp Laboratories Of America, Inc

31

3

Searete LLC

29

4

Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc

25

5

Origin Medsystems, LLC

23

6

Sobha Renaissance Information Technology

18

7

General Electric Capital Corporation

15

8

Silicon Valley Bank

14

9

Keybank National Association

14

10

Voith Patent GmbH

13

11

Siemens Corporation

13

12

Mahalingam, Raghavendran

13

13

Cook Incorporated

13

14

Panasonic Corporation

12

15

Sustainx, Inc

10

16

Sony Mobile Communications AB

9

17

Kriesel, Joshua W

9

18

JPMorgan Chase Bank, NA, As Administrative Agent

9

19

Grimm, Daniel N

9

20

Booth, John Stanley

9

21

Tenebraex Corporation

8

22

Ismagilov, Rustem F, Mr

8

23

Darbin, Stephen P

8

24

Cardiothoracic Systems, LLC

8

25

Schwickert, Markus

7

26

Sanyo Electric Co, Ltd

7

27

Kadam, Kiran L

7

28

JPMorgan Chase Bank, NA

7

29

Thomson, Kenneth

6

30

Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc

6

Source: ktMINE (www.ktmine.com)

 

Table 4. Countries ranked by value of royalties and licence fees receipts as a percentage of total trade

Rank

Country

Value (% of total trade)

Normalised score (out of 100)

1

United States

5.1

100

2

Switzerland

5

99.5

3

Netherlands

4.7

98

4

Finland

3.5

90.8

5

Guyana

3.4

89.9

6

Japan

3.3

89.3

7

Sweden

2.8

85.6

8

Iceland

2.8

85.5

9

Ireland

2.4

81.2

10

Paraguay

2.4

81.2

Source: World Intellectual Property Organization, INSEAD and Cornell University, Global Innovation Index 2014

 

Tables 3a and 3b 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 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.