Using the Innography, which is a business intelligent solution for IP management (http://www.innography.com/), the patent portfolios for Biometrics technologies are analyzed. To find the key IPR (issued patents and published applications) holders and their patent portfolios, semantic method is used for the keyword searching of the global patent data bases (USPTO, EPO, JIPO, KIPO, CIPO, WPO etc.)
As of Oct. 20 2009, the key IPR holders and their IPR shares for Biometrics are as follows:
IBM (328), Fujitsu (267), Philips (194), Precise Biometrics (175), MS (167), Siemens (164), HP (154), IGT (140), AMEX (126), Biometric Imaging (122), and Cross Match (110).
Using the identified key IPR holders' patents, patent portfolios are compared with respect to portfolio quality measures (citations, number of patents, and technology coverage) and portfolio utilization measures (revenue, global families, and litigation information).
As for the Biometrics, IBM and HP form a leader group in portfolio management capability.
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