Patent data can be a powerful tool and rights holders today have more access to it than ever before. It includes a vast quantity and quality of information. Qualitatively, the information is a multi-faceted collection of varied technical disclosures, legal content and government records. It contains technical jargon, everyday language, graphics, and reference citations.

Patent data was often only used by niche groups of professionals for both specific and niche purposes. Today, it has much wider availability and usage.

Creating Value from Patent Data

The inadequacy of many existing approaches is unfortunate because when properly made available and analyzed, patent data has broad applications. This information can and should assist innovators, entrepreneurs, established businesses and patent asset management firms alike. Patent data also aids sensible decision making for industry, government, and academia – look no further than Japan, China, and Taiwan, where governments rely on patent information to craft science, technology, and industrial policies. Below, we will briefly address various contexts in which this data can support decision makers.  

Science and Technology Policies

Patent data can depict technology’s global context and trends. It can also help industry and academia to properly allocate R&D budgets that are used to conduct basic and applied research; build momentum for the next round of industrial transformation; and focus development in much-needed technical areas such as material science, biology, wireless communications, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things 

Patent data can identify emerging technologies or organizations which are affecting or disrupting established industries or traditional investment and M&A networks, or old supply chains. Such examples include the impact of light detection and radar and advanced driver-assistance systems on the self-driving car industry; artificial intelligence’s impact on the software and hardware industry; the impact of biotechnology in the pharmaceuticals and medical treatment field; the impact of microLED on the display and lighting industry; robot technology’s impact on manufacturing and agriculture businesses; and blockchain’s impact on the financial technology sector.   

Innovators and Start-ups

Patent data has the potential to help entrepreneurs choose R&D subjects with precision, implement R&D strategies effectively and connect entrepreneurs to various industry, M&A and supply chain networks. Patent data can also help to reduce start-up risks and failures. Examples include security and cryptography technology as applied to online payments; big data technology as applied across industries; sensor technology as applied to fields such as medical devices, robotics and the Internet of Things; and algorithms as applied to business modeling 

Mergers and Acquisitions

Patent data is capable of depicting with specificity the global competitive landscape in technology, products, and patent assets. Patent data will facilitate mergers and acquisitions in the industry and reshape the markets and competition profiles. For example, Foxconn Group invested in Lytro’s light field imaging platform technology and, through its Sharp acquisition, also obtained access to 5G standard-essential patents and display technologies. Qualcomm’s NXP acquisition gave it ownership of products, customers and patents outside the communications field. Intel acquired Mobileye to own products, customers and patents in the self-driving car sector.   

Technology Trends

Patent data can detail global context and trends for technologies, products, and patent assets to accurately predict future market needs, in terms of product and technology features. This enables better planning and efficient resource management. Trending technologies include artificial intelligence, 5G, IGZO, unmanned aerial vehicles, biopharmaceuticals, and digital medical devices.   

Patent Asset Management

Patent data can be used to map the technical content and context of global patent assets as a whole, as well as the distribution and relatedness of these assets. It can also be used as a tool to deploy quality patent assets from various countries to form high-value patent portfolios. Products with significant market shares and high gross margins can be developed with the support of high-quality and high-value patent portfolios. It can also be used to run patent monetization programmes to obtain royalty, sales revenue or cross-license benefits. Furthermore, it can help patent professionals to manage global patent risk and create solutions from technological, commercial and legal perspectives.

A Way Forward

There are many valuable uses for properly prepared patent data, but many of the existing approaches to this discipline do not produce actionable intelligence. The advent of big data companies specializing in the patent field provides a potential solution to such problems. These companies seek to develop software and big data solutions that normalize various patent databases; apply semantic, natural language processing, cross-language, image search and machine learning, and other Big Data techniques to analyze patent data from multiple countries; and develop algorithms to assess patent quality and patent value.   

Moreover, we believe that applying artificial intelligence technology to patent analytics will help to identify and measure potential errors by an inventor, patent attorney or agent, or patent examiner. This will help to prevent the dark side of patent data from worsening. It will also help to significantly reduce the number of patents granted by focusing on quality and value, rather than quantity. This will go a long way towards restoring true respect for other people’s patents.  

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