IP research applications – NPA™ white papers

Ambercite’s studies of some highly topical technologies

In addition to our blog, Ambercite and our partner Griffith Hack have written a number of white papers on the patenting repercussions of some of the latest developments in technology.

Whatever your area of IP research and application, we hope you’ll find food for thought below.

Drilling into the patent landscape of fracking

Fracking is one of the most controversial topics in energy production. 

This paper will leave the controversy to others, and instead talk about patents in fracturing, as patents can be an excellent and accessible guide to the development and ownership of any technology.This white paper has applied Network Patent Analysis™ (NPA™) to 2361 patent families in the area of fracking, and has identified the leading patents, patent clusters and patent owners - as well as perhaps the more controversial of any patents we have ever seen, for the use of nuclear bombs in fracking.

The paper is accompanied by NPA patent landscape maps highlighting the leading clusters and patent owners in this increasingly important area (note that the ownership map has been updated to take into account the effect of the acquisition of Baker Hughes by Halliburton). Download the report by clicking the cover image.

Clearing the fog: Patenting trends for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease

This white paper has applied Network Patent Analysis™ (NPA™) to 48,000 patents in the area of Alzheimer’s treatments to show the leading patents, patenting areas, patent owners and inventors.

Ambercite teamed up with its partner Griffith Hack to create this white paper that should be of interest to those working in the life sciences area or with a general interest in Alzheimer’s disease. It should also be of general interest to those who want to learn more about the advanced ability of NPA to filter, group and rank patents in any area of technology.

The paper is accompanied by NPA patent landscape maps highlighting the leading patent clusters and patent filing trends in this increasingly important area. Download the report by clicking the cover image.

Who’s in the drivers seat?

Toyota has just filed a law suit against Californian based company Efficient Drivetrain (ED), seeking a declaratory judgement of non-infringement against allegations that Toyota’s hybrid cars infringe some US patents licensed to ED.

Network Patent Analysis™ (NPA™) has been previously used to review an earlier hybrid car patent allegation against Toyota, where we were able to show how NPA™ patent analysis provided results consistent with litigation outcomes.

So does ED have a case against Toyota? Download the report by clicking the cover image.

The Smartphone Patent Wars

Who has the strongest smartphone patents?

Smartphones — we all carry them, and they are rapidly becoming essential to our way of life. But in the background big companies like Apple, Nokia, Motorola etc. are busily enforcing patents against each other.

Research In Motion, developer of the then dominant Blackberry smartphone, was almost forced to shut its US network in early 2006 during a patent dispute. Who will win the current smartphone patent wars? Who has the strongest patents? What areas are being litigated the most?

Ambercite teamed up with patent attorneys Griffith Hack to apply the newly developed Network Patent Analysis™ (NPA™) patent quality assessment technique to investigate these questions.

The results are available in two forms. A unique visual insight to the patent wars can be found in the patent landscape “battlefield map”, while a white paper helps explain what we did and what we found.

Hybrid car technologies

What can the advanced patent analysis method Network Patent Analysis™ (NPA™) tell us about the leading companies and patents?

Since its introduction of the Prius hybrid car more than 10 years ago, Toyota has become ubiquitous with the hybrid car, and have filed thousands of patents to protect their technology. But do Toyota have the strongest patents? The answer to this question will probably surprise you.

Ambercite teamed up with its partner Griffith Hack in late 2009 to explore the world of hybrid car patents. While the technology may have changed slightly since then, the foundation patents are unlikely to have changed much.