IPStudies 10th year anniversary

2020 is such a special year that we almost forgot to celebrate the 10th anniversary of IPStudies patent analytics activities… the local party is postponed to a later, post-COVID date, but we’d still like to take a look back at our first ten years of practice. Back in September 2010, patent mining and landscaping tools were still in their infancy, limited to basic quantitative counts over time and classes. Having experimented the benefit of using patent analytics data to guide R&D as well as M&A development choices in the high-tech corporate world, IPStudies’s founder, Corinne Le Buhan, envisioned the need to bring this information to Swiss technology “grown-ups” as early as possible in their product development cycle. By going beyond the extraction of austere lists of patent numbers to visually highlight their development context, it becomes much easier to benchmark and thus optimize the IP development positioning for companies exposed to highly competitive environments.

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Launch of the Swiss Patent Information User Group – CHPUIG

Press Release


Neuchâtel, the 02.11.2017 – Patent information is a strategic resource for innovative companies all around the world. Data access, difficulties induced by Asian countries patent application increase or the need to master information processing software with increasing complexity are some of the challenges that the patent information users face.

To allow a free exchange of good practices and raise general public and major companies awareness of their profession, patent information user groups have been created in many European countries, based on the US PIUG model (Patent Information User Group).

Since such group didn’t exist in Switzerland, facing the need for a space of free exchange between professionals in a national economy relaying massively on Intellectual Property, several Swiss patent information professionals decided to create the CHPIUG – Swiss Patent Information User Group.

This association, created in September 2017, gave itself a double mission: allow professionals to meet and have free exchange about good practices and tools; present their profession to companies and general public with an emphasis on the strategic questions related to patent information. It also has the mission to allow interested professionals to train on patent information use.

The association is open to any professional interested in patent information, under the condition that his main IP operates sits in Switzerland.

For more information or to join the association: www.chpiug.ch

David Borel
CHPIUG President president@chpiug.ch

Charles Madore
CHPIUG Secretary madore@patentattorneys.ch

May 2017 – CRISPR update

The CRISPR patent landscape keeps on steadily growing, with an additional 70 patent publications last month. We have now monitored more than 1400 patent families in our latest CRISPR patent analytics data set. In the past few weeks, our patent landscape data was quoted in the WIPO magazine coverage of CRISPR, while our expert Fabien Palazzoli had the opportunity to present his latest findings at the Cell Line Development and Engineering conference in Amsterdam and to Deftech in Switzerland.

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Keynote speech at next Questel seminar, Bern, Feb 11

Our partner Questel is organising a hands-on seminar in Bern on February 11th, illustrated with real case scenarios and user experiences, to help you align innovation with your IP strategy using online solutions.

Our head of biotech analytics, Dr. Fabien Palazzoli, will be giving a keynote speech on the use of the Questel Orbit and Intellixir tools, which have helped us developing since June 2014 the first worlwide independent patent landscape on the biotech revolutionary technology CRISPR.

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Meet us at Bio Europe Spring in Paris, March 9-11

BIO-Europe Spring® annually attracts a wide range of business leaders, including senior executives of leading biotech companies, business development teams from large and midsize pharmaceutical companies, investors and other industry experts.

IPStudies will be present – take this unique opportunity to meet our life sciences expert and ask a demo of our patent analytics navigation and visualization offering!

Bio Europe Spring 2015

A new approach to predicting technology product lifecycle transitions

Beyond statistical research on patent databases for the purpose of identifying global economic trends, an even more interesting application of patent analysis is the search for indicators associated to a given sector. In particular, since patents are a priori a reflection of innovation, the corresponding indicators need to reflect the latter’s economic models, in particular the product lifecycle models (PLC model) commonly used in strategic marketing and strategic planning.

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On the organizational side of intangible assets

I just came across a short insightful Harvard Business Review blog paper from Pr. Robert J. Thomas assessing collaboration as an intangible asset. Intangible assets is what buy-side analysts are focusing upon – they crave for innovation, but how do you measure that in advance to support your investment decisions? Pr. Thomas suggests to measure collaboration, starting from the assumption that behind innovation there are plenty of people, a.k.a. collective intelligence.

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Patent analytics applications

In the last two decades, patent analytics methods have been developed, initially in the field of econometrics to measure R&D and technology innovation performance in different industry sectors and at national level, and now also at the corporate level, as they enable to better:

  • Scope internal R&D projects as well as open innovation collaborations, by formally identifying the technological differentiation of internal background assets but also the most suitable partners and suppliers in terms of the robustness and complementarity of their protected know-how compared to internal assets;
  • Identify and evaluate merger and acquisition targets in support to an external corporate growth strategy;
  • Identify and develop additional revenue opportunities from licensing agreements and technology transfers, as an extra direct return from former intellectual property development and protection investments.

In parallel, a number of economists are proposing new models and gathering experimental evidence on the application of emerging patent analytics to the fundamental analysis of a technology company’s value. This approach aims at better capturing the 70% to 80% ratio of stock valuation that is now attributable to intangible assets, a large part of which are formalized into significant patent portfolios in the case of high-tech companies. Better analysis of the latter assets is required to help both institutional and private investors select their value investment to secure mid-long term sustainable dividends beyond the short-term speculation profits derived from pure technical analysis of accounting and financial data. Continue reading