What is the patent filing strategy in relation to:

  • What is the filing prioritisation strategy across different territories?
  • What are the filing trends for different jurisdictions over time?
  • Are there different filing strategies for different technologies?

How to interpret the data:

Size: Number of members within a patent family
Count: Number of patent families of a certain 'size'
Acc: Accumulated percentage of patent families

e.g. There are 498 patent families with one member and this accumulates for 31% of the organisation's active patent portfolio.

The following rows with the country codes (e.g. US, WO, EP, CN)  illustrate what percentage of families of a certain 'size' have granted or pending patents in a single jurisdiction.

e.g. 91% of the 498 patent families with one member have a US application or grant.

Family size (x axis): Number of members within a patent family
Coverage (y axis): Percentage of coverage
Count: Number of patent families of a certain 'size'
Legend: Jurisdiction

e.g. The organisation only starts to file for patents in Ireland (IE) when they expand to the seventh member.

The data shown in this chart illustrates the number applications filed in specific jurisdictions year-on-year.

e.g. The organisation filed for 124 US application in 2007.

Priority year (x axis): The date the first patent application in the patent family was filed
Filing countries (y axis): The percentage of applications filed
Legend: Jurisdictions

e.g. There was an increase in the number of filings in Korea between 2011 and 2015. There has been a decrease in the number of filings in Japan since 2013. The number of patents filed in the US has heavily increased since 2013.

NOTE: Click the tab with the organisation name within the Excel output to analyse filing strategies for different technologies.


Example Analysis 1:

1. Ninety-four percent of the portfolio's patent family have only one member which almost exclusively covers US. This signals that the US is the most important territory (YELLOW).

2. Territories US, JP, CN are the main focus and core regions (RED).

3. Two-part filing strategy where smaller families filed in US, CA, and Asia Pacific (PURPLE). And with increasing size, the filing strategy shifts more towards EU territories (ORANGE).


Example Analysis 2: Narrow coverage


Example Analysis 3: Wider Coverage

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