Following up on our previous analyses on IP activities in the US and China, today’s report focuses on the US assignment data for the third quarter of 2019.
- The patents were registered at the USPTO up until 2019/10/11 and were involved in assignments between 2019/7/1 and 2019/9/30;
- The statistics exclude patent assignments between affiliates under the same parent company;
- The calculation is based on the number of patent applications;
- The calculation of patent portfolios is determined by the number of distinct Reel/Frame IDs.
In this time frame, a total of 5,402 US patents — contained in 1,411 portfolios — were assigned. Of them, 63.3% had already been granted.
Most of the patents (95.4%) were Utility Patents, while only a small fraction (4.6%) were Design Patents.
The largest assignor was IBM with 319 patents, while the entity that acquired the highest number of patents is HCL Technologies with 225 patents.
The technologies prioritized by the Top 5 countries are quite similar. There are, however, some differences. Let’s check them in detail.