TS Newsletter Archive

5.01.2011

Patent Protection

Your organization might have patents for each of the developed IP. However, experience shows that most of the times, by just having a patent don’t necessarily protect you from claims for the IP or technology practiced as show in the figure below.



 How do you can assess your current situation against patent protection? A basic tool to examine this question is called “patent mapping”.
This map examines all of the granted claims of an issued patent and considers where they might apply. It then examines other patents from other patent holders to see where their claims might apply. This exercise is not cheap but it gives you a neat and precise picture on your company and industrial patent situation.


This map shows where organizations are protected or exposed in different parts of the value chain. In this example, there is a high risk on the supply chain where a patent might be claimed. If this happens, then your value chain is compromised.

These maps can reveal opportunities and risks by adding a fourth dimension “Strong IP position”. By identifying these opportunities, companies can think to offer new product line extensions or external technology licensing. These could be leveraged to enter into adjacent markets, to generate revenue from licensing, or to neutralize some of the risk areas elsewhere in the value chain. Another advantage is that these opportunities are not mutually exclusive possibilities.

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