Patent Monitoring & Analytics

With few exceptions, patent applications are published 18 months after either the filing date or, if a priority has been claimed, after the earliest priority date.

Exploring publicly available patent information can thus be an important tool to understand your competitors’, customers’ and/or suppliers’ research and development activities. Analyzing their patenting activities may help you to become aware of risks and to detect market opportunities.

Patent monitoring

Technology or competitor watches help you to stay informed about the patent activities of your competition. We have the tools to implement watches of patent publications that are specifically tailored on your needs.

Watches may be focused:

  • on specific patent applications or patent families

  • on specific competitors

  • on specific fields of technology

  • or any combination of such criteria

File inspection and monitoring

A file inspection allows you to gain insight into the grant proceedings of a specific patent application. This tool is typically used when you discover a publication document that you consider to represent a potential threat to your business.

When a potentially dangerous patent application is discovered, we may put it under surveillance to keep you informed about all significant developments, e.g. the issuance of an examination or search report or decision by the patent office, the filing of arguments and/or amended claims by the applicant, etc. In case it should come to grant of a patent with a scope of protection adverse to your interests, you will have sufficient time to contemplate any suitable defense.

“Patent Bibliometrics” and “Patent landscaping”

In technological areas with high densities of patents and/or many competitors on the market, it may not be possible to obtain a good overview of the patent situation by looking at individual patents. This is the domain of “patent bibliometrics” and “patent landscaping”.

“Patent bibliometrics” comprises analytical methods mainly based on bibliographic data that is publically available in patent registers (such as priority, filing, publication date, applicant’s data, inventor’s data, patent classes, patent family data and cited prior art).

“Patent landscaping” stands for different ways of visualizing the competitive situation. Patent landscapes may be used to get a clearer picture of your own strengths and weaknesses in comparison to your competitors. It may be possible to identify trends in the patenting activities of your competitors, patent clusters or “white spaces”, i.e. technical areas with low or no patenting activity.