Patent Landscape Report on Blockchain by PatSeer Pro

Using Patseer to Search & Analyze Patents on Blockchain

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This patent landscape report on Blockchain takes a look at the Intellectual property trends and filings being done by companies and institutions active in this technology area. All charts and analysis in this report have been prepared using PatSeer Pro.

This report analyzes research trends of blockchain with a focus on Constructive Technologies, Common Standards, Protocols, Cryptographic Methods and Applications.

To read the complete analysis visit:  Patent Landscape Report on Blockchain by PatSeer Pro

Filing Trends

The chart below shows number of filings for Blockchain during the last 10 years. Trend analysis based on filing of priority application indicates a gradual increase in number of applications being filed. Maximum number of patent applications (191) taking/having priority were filed during 2014.

A sudden rise in patent filing activity in the domain of blockchain during years 2013-14 indicates widespread interest in the given technology domain.

It’s clear the current activity around these technologies is likely to continue seeing more innovation in the near future.

 

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Top Companies

The chart below represents top companies active in blockchain technology, with a single representation from each family.

 

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Research activity around the world

The below map represents the geographical filing relating to Blockchain. The map helps provide an indication of where innovation in this area is originating.

United States is the leading country in this field with 409 families followed by China (251) and Korea (120). The strength of the coloring represents the proportion of patent applications

Research Activity around the world Blockchain

 

Technology Landscape for Blockchain

The patent landscape map below represents key concepts for different companies across generated across title, abstract and claims. Themes are collection of prominent topics extracted from the patent data and grouped under relevant parent tags.

Clusters for Signature, Public Key, Private Key and Card Purchase Structure are close to each other as there is high degree of relevance between the records present in those types of methods

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Report Includes

  • Correlation Map for top companies across different Themes
  • Inventor groups of key companies in Blockchain
  • Citations for Bitcoin
  • Key Company Analysis
  • Key Companies activity across Applications
  • Key Companies activity across Common Standards
  • Summary

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Patent Landscape Report on Biochips

Introduction

This blog categorizes and graphically analyzes biochips from various perspectives such as the fabrication techniques, methods involved, biochip types and applications and highlights the key companies involved.

IP Analysis

This Patent Landscape/Analysis Report on Biochips will showcase the publication trend,  top companies, research activity around the world, company activity across application, biochip types vs methods, technology landscape for methods and much more can be found on Patent iNSIGHT Pro website reports section.

Publication Trend

What has been the publication trend for biochips?

Innovation around biochips and resulting patent publications started to show up from 1986 with a spike in 2002. It’s clear the current activity around these technologies is likely to continue seeing more innovation in the near future.

Patent Publication Trend for Biochips

Top Companies

Top Companies researching in Biochip

The top companies in biochips are:

1. MERCK PATENT GMBH
2. SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO LTD
3. UNIV ZHEJIANG
4. SUMITOMO BAKELITE CO LTD
5. COMMISSARIAT ENERGIE ATOMIQUE
6. UNIV TSINGHUA
7. IND TECH RES INST
8. TEA INST CHINESE AGRICULTURAL

9. YOKOGAWA ELECTRIC CORP
10.SUWA SEIKOSHA KK
11. JSR CORP
12. KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS NV
13. UNIV SOUTHEAST
14. UNIV BEIJING TECHNOLOGY
15. KOREA ADVANCED INST SCI & TECH
16. SAMSUNG ELECTRO MECHANICS CO

 
The complete Assignee table is available in the Excel file here.

Research activity around the world

The table below ranks top priority countries and helps provide an indication of where innovation in this area is originating. It shows perfect indication of where innovation is taking place. It can be seen China has 1201 filings (INPADOC Families) followed by US and Korea with 629 and 565 filings respectively. The strength of the colouring represents the proportion of patent publications.

ResearchActivityAround The world for Biochips

Company activity across Applications

  • The chart below shows research activity of companies across different applications
  • Merck leads the research around Biomarkers and Organic Semiconductors
  • Rosetta Genomics leads the research for diagnosis of cancer using biochips, it also leads the record count for Hybridization
  • Nucleotides and Gene Diagnosis are the application areas wherein most of the companies are present

Company activity across Applications for Biochips

Biochip – Types vs Methods

In the map, different types and methods are connected through links whose thickness and color intensity is directly proportional to the number of records relating them. The number (in red) next to each line represents the number of records present in the respective category. It can be that Gene Expression and Electrophoresis are the methods where DNA chips are used the most.

Also, ELISA followed by Gene Expression is more often used by Protein Chip for diagnostic purposes. Similarly, Thin Layer Chromatography and Magnetism are exclusive to Protein Chip and DNA Chip.

Biochip Types vs Methods

 

Technology Landscape for Methods

The contour map below represents key concepts for different companies across various methods where biochips are used.

Clusters for Internal Radioimmunoassay, Immunohistochemical and Immunofluorescence are close to each other as there is high degree of relevance between the records present in those types of methods. The patents represented by dots were coloured by company.

Contour Map for Biochips
The entire report is available for download here: Patent Landscaping – Biochips

 

 

Patent Landscape Report on Shape Memory Material – Polymer and Alloy

Introduction

This blog takes a look into the patenting activity around shape memory material uncovering the companies, inventors, and key applications.

A shape-memory alloy (SMA, smart metal, memory metal, memory alloy, muscle wire, smart alloy) is an alloy that “remembers” its original shape and that when deformed returns to its pre-deformed shape when heated. Similarly shape-memory polymers (SMPs) are polymeric smart materials that have the ability to return from a deformed state (temporary shape) to their original (permanent) shape induced by an external stimulus (trigger), such as temperature change.

IP Analysis

IP analysis in this blog will showcase the publication trend, top companies, research activity around the world, and company activities across Polymer & Alloy, company activities across application and Technology Patent Landscape. Detail IP analysis such as key statistics of companies and inventor, Trends US, DE, GB, JP and FR and much more can be found on Patent iNSIGHT Pro website reports section.

Publication Trend

What has been the publication trend for Shape Memory Alloys?

 Innovation around shape memory alloys and its resulting patent publications started to show up from the 1990s with a spike in 2004. But the real surge in the activity around this technology happens in last 5 years. It’s clear the current activity around these technologies is likely to continue seeing more innovation in the near future.

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Top Companies

The top companies in shape memory alloy are:

1. BOSTON SCIENTIFIC INC
2. MEDTRONIC INC
3. JOHNSON & JOHNSON
4. COOK GROUP INC
5. ST JUDE MEDICAL INC
6. ADVANCEDCARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM
7. WARSAW ORTHOPEDIC INC
8. C R BARD INC
9. SIEMENS AG
10. ABBOTT LAB

11. EDWARDS LIFESCIENCES CORP
12. TYCO HEALTHCARE
13. GENERAL MOTORS CORP
14. TERUMO CORP
15. OLYMPUS CORP
16. AGA MEDICAL CORP
17. UNIV CORNELL
18. UNIV CALIFORNIA
19. ANGIOMED AG
20. SDGI HOLDINGS INC

 

The complete Assignee table is available here 

Research Activity around the World

The table below ranks top priority countries and helps provide an indication of where innovation in this area is originating. It can be seen US has 4039 filings (INPADOC Families) followed by Germany and Japan with 535 and 456 filings respectively. The strength of the colouring represents the proportion of patent publications.

Research activity around the world for shape memory material

 Company Activity around Polymer 

  • The chart below shows research activity of companies across different types of polymers
  • Boston Scientific has the most number of records in Polyurethane Films and PET
  • Medtronic leads the research around thermoplastics and has research interest in almost all the polymer

Polymer Vs Assignees

Company activity across Alloys

  • The chart below shows research activity of companies across different alloys
  • Advanced Cardiovascular  is most active in Tantalum
  • Boston Scientific leads in research interest in Nitinol, Stainless Steel and Tungsten

Aloy Vs Assignee

Company activity across Applications

  • The chart below shows research activity of companies across different applications
  • Stent  is the most researched application area and is focused by most of the companies
  • Johnson & Johnson leads the record count for surgical fixation and prosthesis

Siemens is the only company focusing on aviation applications of shape memory alloys

Applications Vs Assignees

Technology Landscape

  • The contour map below represents key concepts across automation (engine cooling, driving mechanism, Internal combustion engines) and medical industries (lasers, surgical instruments and catheter devices)
  • The patents represented by dots were coloured by company
  • Clusters for Daimler which relate to Internal Combustion Engine, engine block and engine cooling are close to each other as there is high degree of relevance between the records present in those technology areas
  • Medtronic focuses mainly on medical devices and surgical instruments

Automation Landscape

 

The entire report is available for download here: Patent Landscaping – Shape Memory

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Technology insight report: Contact lens

Introduction:

Contact lens is considered as a medical device that is worn to correct vision. They are also used for cosmetic and therapeutic purposes. When compared with spectacles, contact lenses typically provide better peripheral vision and do not collect moisture such as rain, snow, condensation or sweat.

Contact lenses can be classified in many different ways. They are usually categorized by their primary function, material, and wear schedule. Typically soft contact lens is mass produced, while rigid lenses are custom made to extract specifications for specific individual patients.

One of the important factors that come into consideration when it comes to contact lenses is the kind of material that has been used to produce the lens. Materials have varied through time. In the older times the materials that were used that did not allow much oxygen to reach the eye causing dryness. However technology has changed over the years and so has the availability of products

PatSeer Strategy:

PatSeer creates a centralized work environment for the Intellectual Property and Data Management team to manage and work on patent data projects. Carry out analysis and deliver insights. In the given case of contact lenses, PatSeer created the query as shown in the image below to create the patent set.

 

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TAC: Title, Description, Claims

IC: International class

CPC: Cooperative patent classification

The query was directed to search through the title, abstract and claims with one publication per family and the generated report is exported to Patent Insights Pro for further analysis.

In the given instant result set of 2470 patents were import to the software

IP analysis:

The publication trend for contact lenses in the past couple of years is discussed below.

Contact lens publications started from the year 1994, however the real surge in activities happened in the last 10 years. The recent spikes in the number of patent filings clearly show that this technology is likely to show further innovation in the near future.

 

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How this was done

Once the patents are populated in patent insights pro, the assignee clean up tools were used to normalize the names. The dashboard tool with Patent Insights Pro was used to find 20 assignee within the given patent set.  A visual graph was created based on the results of the top assignee and made available for further analysis

Top Companies:

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How this was done

Once the patents are populated in patent insights pro, the assignee clean up tools were used to normalize the names. The dashboard tool with Patent Insights Pro was used to find 20 assignee within the given patent set.  A visual graph was created based on the results of the top assignee and made available for further analysis

Company activities across contact lens:

The chart below shows research activities of companies across different type of contact lens. Results showed that Bausch and Lomb have most number of records in Rigid Glass Permeable type of lens while Novartis leads in publication for Color Contact Lens.

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How the results were obtained:

Manual research was done to identify the various types of contact lens materials, then by using a combination of semantic analysis tools such as clustering tools available in Patent Insights Pro to categorize them under broad headings. A co occurrence matrix was generated using the co occurrence analyzer map to map the different assignee. This matrix is then filtered for the top 15 assignee and was converted into column charts using the software available within Patent iNSIGHTS Pro.

Activities across contact lens material:

The chart below shows research activities of companies across different type of material used for manufacturing contact lens.  It is quite evident from the chart shown below that Bausch and Lomb is the only company that is using Flurosillicone Acrylate as a material for the contact lens.

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Landscape technologies used for different contact lenses:

The contour map given below represents different contact lens and their use with respect to complete patent portfolio. Clusters for Myopia and Hyperopic appear far away from each other as per definition. The different colour for the nodes represents different companies.

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Contact Lens: Country wise Research Trends

US : Publication Trends

The chart below shows the publication trends exclusively for the firms based out of United States. For achieving this result US was selected as the priority country from the data filter option within co occurrence analyzer. This creates a matrix for the required companies which can then be clustered into column charts using the software available for this purpose.

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This chart below shows the patent filing trends of United States. It is clear from the chart given below that Coopervision is actively filing patents since the year 2000.

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Summary:

The given report categorized and graphically analyzed research trends around contact lens. It talked about the process involved and its applications from various perspectives and high lights the key companies involved.

The entire report is available for download here: Technology Insight Report

 

 

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Technology landscape: Nanofabrics

Nano fibers are defined as fibers with diameter less than 100 nanometres. They are basically small group of atom and molecules with radius of less than 100 nano meters. Particles on the nano scale have a very high surface area to volume ratio, whereas this ratio is much lower for objects on the macroscopic scale.

Nano fiber is engineered to give advantages to ordinary materials making them resistant to odor, moisture and other degrading properties. It helps to increase their elasticity, strength and bacterial resistance. Depending upon the property, a nano fabric is constructed either from nanoscopic fiber called nano fiber or it formed by applying a solution containing nano particles to form a regular fabric.

Nano fiber has huge application in various domains ranging from pharmacy, apparels, medical application beverages and more. Application of nano fiber has the potential to revolutionize textile manufacturing and area of medicine such as drug delivery and tissue engineering.

Patseer Search strategy:

Patseer is a cutting edge technology tool which is smartly equipped to search though vast patent databases, sorting, filtering, analyzing and creating reports. It is a result of outstanding algorithms to bring the word “tedious” out of the business equations and bring out a fresh web 2.0 approach to searching, analyzing, comparing and collaborating and managing patent data.

Patseer was used to develop a particular search query to search and develop the particular patent data set. The search query is shown in the image below.

TAD: Title, abstract and Description

TADC: Title, abstract, description and Claims

IC: International Class

 

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How it works:

The query was directed to search through the title, abstract and claims with one publication per family was generated and imported in Patent iNSIGHT Pro.

After reviewing few results esp. from older publications, we came across some similar but irrelevant terms which we then excluded from full text and irrelevant class were also excluded using NOT operator. And finally a patent set of 3262 records are obtained.

Technical segmentation: Categorization Tree

The categorization tree shown below shows the different categories and the number of records in each of them. The categorization involved defining a search strategy for each topic and then conducting the search using the Advanced Searching capability in Patent iNSIGHT Pro.

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IP Analysis: Publication trends

Nano fabric publication have emerged from 1997 but the real surge in activity started sometime in the last 5 years, which saw a drastic increase in the number of patent filings and publications. The spikes in the number of publications clearly show that there will be a steep rise in the domain of nanofibres.

 

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Top Players:

Once the patents were populated in Patent iNSIGHT Pro, the assignee clean up tools were used to

normalize the names.

Different cleanup tools were leveraged

• To locate assignees for unassigned records

• To clean up records having multiple assignees

• To locate the correct assignee names for US records using the US assignments database

• To merge assignees that resulted from a merger or acquisition or name change.

The dashboard tool within Patent iNSIGHT Pro was used to find the top 20 assignees

within the given patent set. A visual graph was created based on the results of the top assignees with the number of patents alongside each one.

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Innovation Timeline of companies:

With the dots representing patent filings and the orange lines indicating the timelines between the earliest and latest filings across each company, one can look into the relevance of each company with respect to time. Univ Donghua and Univ Zhejiang appearto be one of the earliest companies pursuing research across nanofabrics. Kolon Ind began filing since 2006 but is inactive with its research even though the research around nano fabrics has increased.

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Technology Landscape for Nano fabrics:

The contour map below represents different processes & technologies used in nanofabric production with respect to complete patent portfolio. The nodes were marked with colors by companies.

How it worked:

 The VizMAP tool in Patent iNSIGHT Pro is used for analysis. Firstly the clusters for different process are loaded in the map. They are further analyzed on the basis of their contextual similarities according to the title, abstract and claims. Unrelated patents are removed using the “Hide Unrelated Patents” option and one patent assignee using the options available in VizMAP.

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Summery:

The use of nanoparticles and nano fibres to produce specialized nano fabrics became a subject of interest after the solgel and electrospinning techniques were fully developed in the 1980s. Since 2000, dramatic increases in global funding have accelerated research efforts in Nano technology, including nano fabrics research

 The entire report analyzing and categorizing research trends around nanofabric and the process involved in its application is available for download here: [Technical Report]

 

Overview and use of Correlation Maps

We recently introduced a new method to display network mode maps in VizMAP and this blog focuses on discussing details of this map.

First, a recap on network mode maps.  Let us look at a very simple table of 5 companies vs IPC Main classes on a random sample of patents an applications on antivirus. The data in the tabular format is shown below.

 

If we represent that in network mode of VizMAP it appears as:

 

Key IPCs in the map are automatically placed in the center and company portfolios are organized around the Assignee-IPC relationship. The patents (smaller dots) are colored by Assignee and shading demarcates individual company portfolios.

Clicking on HO4L IPC Node will highlight all records that fall under this category:

As you can see few records of each Company are classified under the H04L. Now we could also shade the portfolios by IPC but that would overlap with the existing companywise shading and make the map complicated. So if you wanted to quickly see a similar correlation between all IPC codes and all Assignees without having to click on each node? That’s where the correlation map comes in. The correlation map for the same data is shown below:

 

 

The map clearly shows how many records relate two nodes and the thickness of the line is also proportional to the number of correlating records. In addition to the data in the matrix the display also shows correlation between different IPC nodes. You can restrict the map to only the type of correlations you want to see and in the process bring out a visual that perhaps best represents the matrix data.

The correlation dosent need to be just Number of common records. We can have a co-citation map in the same display where the correlation is based on Number of common citing records. For example in the Fuel Additives patent set that we created for one of our Technology Insight Reports on Fuel Additives , a co-citation map for the Top-10 companies is shown below.

 

The map clearly shows that research on Fuel Additives happening at Chevron Corp and BASF AG is strongly related.

Milking Opportunities

Today’s enterprises continue to scale at a rapid pace and functions like IP and Licensing have started playing a very important role in the business. It’s no longer about getting copyrights and ensuring patent protection and preventing infringement. Today’s IP Research teams are the front runners in identifying trends, practices and technological changes that happen on a daily basis.

Not only that, IPR teams are continuously prowling to explore opportunities like IP acquisitions, mergers, takeovers or even an IP Sale. The last decade has seen a major shift in the abilities of an IPR team within an enterprise.

To understand better of how an IPR team can make an acquisition even more effective, lets say a major chip OEM is looking to acquire the technical IP of developing analog power circuits for a new technology like Wi Max. Now either the OEM invests heavily into R&D and their engineers develop what would be called a ‘competing technology’ or their management decides to acquire someone who ‘already has it’.

The IPR team digs through all patent applications and grants to recover the team that owns the IP to the technology like WiMax. Of course with the advent of media, that’s really not going to be a secret. The WiMax inventors also know there are people who would be pursuing them to buy out their hard work. They have all reasons to price their IP as high as possible. So how exactly does the IPR team add value to the acquisition?

By closely studying the patent landscape, a mesh can be identified that gives the OEM a list of all technologies that are needed for the WiMax technology to work. These could be as specific as an analog power supply design. These ‘neighboring’ technologies don’t all make sense to the WiMAX design, but they are required for a WiMAX based product to work. The IPR team identifies these and present to the OEM’s management. The OEM’s management now isolates these individual technology companies and begins to invest in them. Slowly over a period of a month, the OEM has acquired majority stake in most of these ‘neighboring’ technology companies. Only the WiMax owners remain.

Now since the OEM owns all the relating technologies, owning the WiMAX technology doesn’t seem like such a valuable proposition anymore. The OEM will literally squeeze the WiMAX IP out of the inventors. What once was a lucrative invention becomes a scrap sale.

As you can see, the IPR team not only reduced the cost of acquisition, but identified exact players who would contribute heavily to the growth of the WiMAX industry. The OEM in this case, would slowly gain a monopoly since almost all the technologies in the WiMAX space now belong to the OEM.