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Value Metrics


  • Objective measures of strength to rank individual patents & portfolios
  • Identify companies (players) with strong portfolios 
  • Litigation data is used to refine our algorithms
  • Average score of all patents is 1 > a score that's higher than 1 is above average for all metrics
  • Unlike some of the other metrics, these can be displayed in the search Hitlist.


Technology Impact

  • It assesses the technological impact of patents and patent portfolios by attempting to overcome the biases introduced by simple citation counts
  • Its a score based on the number of forward citations received by the analyzed patent families, corrected to account for age and technical domains
  • Results are normalized so that an average patent family has a score of 1, making it easy to identify whether the portfolio has above or below average scores
  • Includes:
    • Age of the patent (in days, using earliest application date)
    • Technical domain of the patent 
    • Count of the forward citations ; nature of citations (self or non-self)

Market Strategy

  • Scores are based on the GDP of the countries where the analyzed patent families are granted or pending
    • Countries with expired patent rights are kept in the calculation, as long as they were granted at some point
    • Using the percentage of the global market which was or could be protected by this family a 40% reduction is applied to pending countries
    • WO/EPs figures are calculated based on the statistical chance of patents being granted in the different authorities given that a pending WO/EP exists 

Patent Strength: 

  • Single score which combines the results of the Technical Impact and Market Strategy indexes
  • Provides a combined score for both dead and alive patents
  • Includes GDP of countries normalized by age, technical domains and citations

Patent Value

  • Score based on the number of forward citations and GDP of the countries where the analyzed patent families are granted or pending and the REMAINING LIFE of those patents
  • Calculation is weighted based on the maximum possible remaining life of the patents within the family
  • It combines the Patent Strength index with a weighting based on the remaining life of the patent

Search results in the hitlist display

  • Value metrics can be displayed in the search results hitlist
  • Value metrics can be used to sort the hitlist
  • Begin by using the pulldown menu in the Display function at the top of the center panel display of the search results
  • Scroll down and click into the 'Edit' function:

  • Move the Value Metrics of your choice into the 'Fields to display' section. 

         Hit Ok to confirm your choice

  • This changes the display to a Custom display
  • It updates the values at the top of the search results center panel

NB: You can sort by value metrics by clicking on the column: