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R&D strategy

Optimize your innovation through a clearly defined IP business strategy and gain insight into new entrants and potential partners.

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Competitive intelligence and benchmarking

Base your decisions on competitive factors and measured actual performance of patent portfolios. Use industry-proven KPIs to keep track of progress.

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Portfolio optimization

Find answers to key questions. Define your country strategy. Increase portfolio efficiency and identify competitive advantages and weaknesses.

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Revolutionary technology scouting

Identify revolutionary innovations and promising startups to gain a competitive advantage.

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M&A and due diligence

Efficiently assess the value and risk of acquisitions or alternatives and analyze portfolios for key patents, the technology fit, and answers to critical IP questions.

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Licensing and monetization

Analyzing all patent portfolios in all technologies means you can assess your most valuable patents for licensing and identify potential licensees.

Patent Asset Index


An objective measure of technological strength and influence worldwide

The Patent Asset Index™ in PatentSight considers both the number and quality of actively protected inventions. This scientifically developed and tested method has been used for years by leading companies across many industries. Numerous companies rely on the Patent Asset Index to illustrate the performance of their patent portfolios in annual reports and communications to shareholders.

The Patent Asset Index methodology

The Patent Asset Index of a patent portfolio is defined as the total performance of all patents included in the portfolio. The performance of each individual patent is measured based on Competitive Impacts™. The Competitive Impact consists of two measures: Technology Relevance™ and Market Coverage™.

Technology Relevance™


The Technology Relevance is based on forward citations. Patent offices examine all patent applications to determine which prior patents new inventions are based on. If a patent is relevant to technological development in a particular field, subsequent patents will build on it and the original patent is often referred to by patent offices as prior art, or state of the art in Europe and Australia.

Technology Relevance measures whether a patent has been cited more often than other patents in the same technology area from the same year. The total number of patent citations received depends not only on the relevance of the patented invention, but also on the time that has passed since the patent was published. Patents that have been published more recently tend to have much fewer citations than older patents. The influence of time on the number of citations is corrected for by dividing the number of citations of a patent by the average number of citations of all patents published in the same year.

Technology Relevance also takes into account how international patent offices follow different citation rules.

Market Coverage™


Market Coverage measures the total size of the world market for which patent protection exists. The more patents companies own in key markets, as indicated by high Market Coverage figures, the more valuable the patents are, as innovators spend more on patent protection in multiple markets when they believe an invention is more valuable.

This makes the degree of international patent protection an important indicator of the value of a patent. Market Coverage is calculated based on the number of patents granted and applied for, i.e., valid patents per country, and is adjusted based on the size of each market. The size of each market is estimated using the countries’ gross national income (GNI) relative to U.S. gross national income, as the largest economic power. Alternatively, Market Coverage can be calculated based on industry-specific market size data.

Competitive Impact™


Competitive Impact is the economic value of patents as measured by their technological relevance and market coverage. It is stated in comparison to other patents in the same field. For example, a value of three means that the patent is three times more important than the average patent in that field.

Patent Asset Index™


The Patent Asset Index is the measure of the overall performance of the patent portfolio, calculated as the sum of the Competitive Impacts of all patents in the portfolio.

LexisNexis® PatentSight® answers key IP questions

How can patent benchmarking be used to gain competitive intelligence?

patentisightCompare IP development over time and examine both quantity and quality in any patent portfolio. You can use historical analysis to gain insight into your competitors’ strategies. Analyze a company’s entire patent portfolio, a specific technology field, or individual patents.

How can patent developments and trends be identified early on?

patentsight1Identify leading or disruptive technologies among the enormous number of patents worldwide. This applies regardless of whether you are analyzing an established technology field dominated by multinationals or an up-and-coming market pioneered by startups. Small startups can be spotted early, even when other stakeholders in the same space are filing many more patents.

Which patent research is relevant to company acquisitions?

patentsight-3Don’t neglect the current patent situation in mergers and acquisitions. Preparatory patent research should include the following questions:

  • Is the target company dependent on another competitor?
  • Could this possibly lead to a legal dispute?
    Does the target company own intellectual property that is influential in its industry?
  • Are its patents of interest to a specific competitor?

With PatentSight, you can find answers to these and other IP questions, and gain insight into critical patent situations or unexpected profits. You’ll find ample information that goes far beyond what you would find on company balance sheets.

How can patents be optimized and monetized?

patentsight-4Identify patents with a high external and low internal relevance by analyzing the prior art. This can help you to determine which patents may be suitable for licensing. You can also profile potential licensees to investigate the way they work and their potential willingness to pay.

Industry leaders trust LexisNexis® PatentSight®

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Seven of the ten most innovative chemical companies by R&D spend use PatentSight and the Patent Asset Index™ for investor communications, analyzing their own patent strategy, and other purposes.

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In the pharmaceutical industry, the Patent Asset Index™ is used as an early indicator of product success. The Patent Asset Index™ increases even before a product is launched on the market.

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The rapid development of new technologies, such as e-mobility and autonomous driving, along with new market entrants, has created high demand for advanced analytical tools in the automotive industry.

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Companies calculate the Patent Asset Index™ for each of their technology areas to determine the market share and technological strengths of companies, for example, two companies undergoing a merger.

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