Patent Power

As engineers we are often prone to frittering away countless hours of time delving into obscure information to no sound purpose, but often stumbling across an interesting tidbit. As was the case recently in our musings in the IEEE space, we came across an interesting scorecard of patents for a variety of industries.

Telecom patents

You might be interested in looking at the Patent Prowess as measured with recent data. The IEEE just issued it’s 2008 report on patents. You might note that, within the telecom category, there are only two companies listed from our home and native land. Both are relatively high in their appropriate category. RIM in Telecom Services, and Nortel in Telecom Equipment. No surprise here. What is surprising is when you pull in the date from the prior two years and look at a the trends.

Total patents registered in prior year.

A rather sad, but not surprising story for Nortel and an increasingly happy story for RIM.

Pipeline Strength

It’s not exactly clear just what is included in the Pipeline Power formula but it is clear that RIM has a huge advantage in turning it patents into potential pipeline capability.

Prior years data

For those of you interested in the past two years of data (IEEE only started this report in 2006) you can view it here for 2007 and here for 2006.

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