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Patent Landscape

 Project Objective

The client’s objective was to conduct a patent landscape analysis in the domain of point of sale operation and identify useful patents for licensing negotiations.

Project Methodology

Adroip Services used a blend of resources to cater to the client’s requirements.

  • Understanding call: To discuss the project requirements and confirm the understanding of the technology and the project scope with the client
  • Study of client’s product portfolio: To understand the client’s product categories and features of the products to prepare a taxonomy to classify the patent portfolio.
  • Search string preparation: The team developed a thorough understanding of the domain and prepared search strings to capture relevant patents.
  • Taxonomy preparation: A three-level taxonomy was prepared on PoS system. The taxonomy was adapted to focus on products, and application areas of the clients’ working domain.
  • Patent Search: Keywords and class (IPC, ECLA, USPC, CPC) based search to identify relevant patents
  • Screening and Detailed categorization of patents: The patents were manually analyzed to weed out non-relevant patents and the relevant patents were categorized under respective taxonomy categories. Detailed comments describing the novelty of each patent were also included
  • Graphical Analysis: To represent analysis and key insights based on the technical categories, filing trends and assignees

Outcome: Based on the above analysis, the client was clearly able to identify:

  •  A list of patents not relevant to any of their products – such patents were agreed to be irrelevant for the renewal of the licensing agreement
  • List of highly ranked  patents that can be given more attention while negotiation the licensing agreement
  • List of low ranked patents

Using the above information, the client was clearly able to eliminate a set of irrelevant patent and consequently saved money while effectively managing the licensing deal.