If you have a portfolio of patents or only a few, you may not be getting all the returns you are entitle to for the substantial investment you made in those assets. A patent portfolio is not just a library of documents to use to fend off competitors; it is also an information resource that will tell you important things about your own company’s future and the activities of your competition.
Patent mapping tools like our Strategic Opportunity Cube give you a visual representation of where your patent is in the landscape of other patents in the same and similar fields. It allows you to identify “whitespace” opportunities you might move into and also threats where competitors might be employing the same technologies or developing new products in your patent territory.
Even companies with only a few patents in their portfolio can benefit from a cube which starts with their patents and fills in the cube with similar patent of other companies. Ask us for our substantial literature on the Strategic Opportunity Cube and its many uses.
The Strategic Opportunity Cube – A Patent Mapping Tool
see where your patents fall in the patent landscape
sniff out whitespace opportunities for better patent protection
find out what your competitors’ patents tell you about their business plans
make sure when you buy a patent portfolio you are getting what you paid for
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What is a Patent Map good for?
Companies that have portfolios of patents to manage are often not sure of what coverage they are getting for the costs they pay to maintain them. They may also wish to acquire other patents or portfolios to compliment what they own or they may want to draft patent applications to fill holes in their patent coverage.
A patent map is a graphical way of understanding the complexities of the coverage provided by a patent portfolio.
Studying where the patents of competitors lie in a patent space may give clues to their strategies for new products. But a portfolio is not needed for a map. A patent exists in a sea of similar technologies. A patent map seeded by a single patent can help identify where other opportunities for invention might lie for improvement or flag threats from
What the Strategic Opportunity Cube does
The Strategic Opportunity Cube maps any number of patents against a set of client selected parameters and stores them in a database which is very easily probed using a pivot table.
With the Strategic Opportunity Cube, you get a database containing the patent portfolio and surrounding patents which may be important, easily accessed for planning and litigation purposes. Packaged with the database are the tools to access it and try out various scenarios that answer “What if” questions.
The Strategic Opportunity Cube is a way of revealing relationships and storing information in a way that makes it possible to do strategic thinking.
The Cube is not a search engine. It is a way of addressing a database taxonomically. It allows the user to organize information obtained elsewhere so that it is easily accessible in an understandable way and reveals unseen relationships between information stored in the database.
The Cube has a variety of purposes besides patent mapping: Competitive Intelligent, Technology Transfer and Marketing Target Identification.
The value of the Strategic Opportunity Cube is that you buy patent protection only where it is needed. Find out what your competitors’ patents tell you about their future plans.