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Flextronics AP LLC has in recent years developed a portfolio of patents for connected cars. This includes 79 patent families including 11 patents.

In the blog found here, patent analyst Dr Alex Lee of TechIPM (Boston) reviews these patents and uses the LIcensing Potential metric developed by Ambercite to identify the companies that Flextronics may  be able to licence their patents to. This list is headed by Cisco and AT&T.

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Who has the best portfolio of patents for smartphone patents Near Field Communication - and who might they license to?

These are questions asked by patent analyst Dr Alex Lee of TechIPM, of Boston. Dr Lee has combined his detailed knowledge of this area along with the Licensing Potential analysis developed by Ambercite to write the blog titled NFC Patents for Smartphone Mobile Payments Licensing Potential Assessment

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Demand for inter parte reviews IPRs has been three times higher than the USPTO expected, with 3,277 IPR reviews filed in the last 3 years. This was according to a recent blog published by the director of the USPTO. The director also pointed out that to date only 12 % of claims, to be challenged in the contested patents (4,496 out of 38,462), have been invalidated in a written decision. Other claims were either not challenged, cancelled, resolved by settlement or upheld. This is a interesting contrast to the sometimes held view of the PTAB as a 'patent death squad'.

The 12% ‘success rate’ suggests that the IPR process is far from a walkover. The IPR process allows the petitioner to submit either new or known prior art. Known (or previously cited) prior art is easy to find, but in some cases this can involve reviewing a long lists of prior art citations.

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We have had some questions recently from the likes of universities and even some companies about why they should look in the patent literature when assessing inventions,  when they could look in the scientific literature instead.

To me this is a false dichotomy – ideally a diligent searcher would look at both. But putting this aside – how do they compare? To help answer this question, I have prepared the table below:

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Verve has just reported that Segway, maker of the Human Transporter

 

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