Network Patent Analytics of an Engineering Technology
This is a project we conducted with our partner Griffith Hack, the premier Australian Intellectual Property (IP) law firm for a client in the xxx Industry using a proprietary process called Network Patent Analytics (NPA).
The map depicts the most important patents and their citation relationships from a dataset of originally 250,000 patents. A smaller distance shows a bigger similarity.
Among other things, the landscape analysis shows:
* Development pathways of the technology
* That a 'technology' comprises a series of other technologies
* Where the client's technology sits in relation to their competition.
The client developed four key sub-technologies all around 1996 to 1999, and achieved patent leadership in three of these areas. In one of these areas (#15) they have complete dominance. In another technology (#12) they are a little weak. They have a general leadership position in #11, which appears to be a crucial, central position.
On the other hand, the client appears to have failed to achieve a patent position in a new application of the technology, #1.
Imagine such an analysis for your technological area.
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