Tuesday, January 06, 2009

IEEE Releases Patent Portfolio Scorecard

IEEE Spectrum has released its annual patent scorecard that ranks the "pipeline power" of U.S. technology patent portfolios. The survey scores a company's "pipeline power" by considering a variety of factors, including the number of patents issued to the company in a given year, the growth of its patent portfolio and the variety of the technologies a company patents (for more on the methodology, see here).

Interestingly, the survey found that U.S. technology companies led the way in terms of patent portfolio strength, with Microsoft getting top marks, followed by Intel and IBM. Other notable companies include Micron, Nantero, SanDisk, and HP. The survey covers a wide range of industries including biotech, aerospace, chemicals, computer systems, medical equipment and semiconductor manufacturing.

See the IEEE Spectrum Scorecard here (link)

Read the IEEE Spectrum article here (link)

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