Join IP Checkups at the NAATBatt 2015 Annual Meeting & Conference: Energy Storage – Electrifying the Future

BERKELEY, CA (December 19, 2014) – Join IP Checkups at the NAATBatt 2015 Annual Meeting & Conference – a “must attend” premier business development event for professionals in the electrochemical energy storage supply chain industry.  The NAATBatt Annual Meeting & Conference is the place to understand where the business of electrochemical energy storage is going and where the best commercial opportunities in the industry will be.

This year’s program will examine the latest developments in electrochemical energy storage technology, manufacturing, and applications, and continue its focus on the battery industry and capital markets.  Matt Rappaport, IP Checkups’ President, will present an innovative model to identify and capitalize on new revenue opportunities in energy storage technology.

During the Annual Meeting & Conference, attendees will:

  • Discuss merger and acquisition activity in the advanced battery and energy materials
  • Hear about near term developments in materials that will be making lithium-ion batteries more capable and will open new market opportunities for other types of batteries and ultracapacitors
  • Hear about new applications enabled by emerging thin-film batteries that will create new business for battery and advanced materials makers
  • Learn about new interests in the Department of Energy and Department of Defense that could drive commercial opportunity in the future

The Annual Meeting & Conference will be held at the Wigwam hotel in Phoenix, AZ on February 16-19, 2015.  To register for this conference or find out more, visit the NAATBatt event page .

LG Chem & Samsung Surpass Panasonic as Leaders in Graphite Anode Patenting

BERKELEY, CA (November 18, 2014) – For the past 30 years, Panasonic has dominated the graphite anode patent landscape. Traditionally, LG Chem and Samsung have been among the top five graphite anode patent filers but have trailed behind Panasonic; however, within the past five years, these two competitors outpaced Panasonic’s graphite anode patent application activity.

As advanced battery innovations are expected to accelerate, how will you keep up with new patents and technologies?

IP Checkups, a boutique patent analytics firm, is pleased to announce the launch of its advanced battery custom reports and patent alerts. IP Checkups’ expert analysts have developed four custom patent solutions based on data from Advanced Battery & Capacitor PatentEdge™ that make it easy to:

  • Keep track of new entrants and new innovations
  • Closely monitor specific competitors and track new battery developments
  • Follow new technologies filed by top battery companies
  • Stay current with the latest technical innovations in batteries

IP Checkups has tracked more than 50 new entrants that have recently filed patent applications in graphite anodes. Find out who else is innovating in graphite anodes by downloading our free sample reports.

IP Checkups’ expert analysts have developed four custom patent solutions based on data from ABC PatentEdge™.

      • Top Companies Report
      • New Entrants Report
      • Competitor Innovation Report
      • Patent Alerts

Designed to make identifying and analyzing battery industry trends a breeze, IP Checkups’ custom reports combine qualitative analysis with quantitative analytics to help quickly assess the competitive patent landscape. Keeping track of new entrants, monitoring competitor activity, and keeping up with technical innovations is now easier than ever. IP Checkups’ advanced batteries custom reports and alerts showcase the following:

  • Patent ownership, key inventors, and patent filing rates
  • New developments in advanced battery technology
  • The size of the market and who owns what share
  • Which markets have a high potential for growth
  • Both established players and emerging entities in your battery industry sector and where they have focused their recent innovation
  • The depth of your competitors’ battery patent portfolio
  • Technological innovation and broad market trends for strategic planning, business development, and efficient R&D targeting

IP Checkups’ patent alerts are sent weekly so recipients have the latest battery innovations and know when competitors are on the move. Custom reports are updated on a quarterly basis and provide you with a quick and easy way to gain insight into high-level competitive intelligence issues related to patent ownership, patent filing activity, and competitive positioning.

Curious to see what these reports look like? You’re in luck! Sample reports are available for free download. Find out more information at http://www.abcpatentedge.com or email us at info@ipcheckups.com.

 

Press Release: In Wake of Case IV Thicket, IP Checkups Announces Plans to Crowdsource Public Non-Practicing Entity (NPE) Tracker

BERKELEY, Calif., December 03, 2012 – IP Checkups, a boutique patent analytics firm, launched Case IV Thicket last month, an Indiegogo crowdfunded project designed to expose Intellectual Ventures’ hidden patent portfolio and make it freely available to the public. Funding for the project closed last week at $13,580 – short of the $80,000 fundraising goal.

Despite this setback, Case IV Thicket has received an immense outpouring of support from IP stakeholders, academics, and media outlets alike (see articles in the WSJ, VentureBeat, and CNET). Because of this public support, IP Checkups has decided to proceed with a modified version of the Case IV Thicket project.

“After listening to feedback from our crowdfunding efforts, we have decided to extend Case IV Thicket to track non-practicing entities in all forms. This includes patent assertion entities like Intellectual Ventures and Acacia, defensive patent aggregators like RPX, and research institutions like WARF and CSIRO,” said Matt Rappaport, founder and CEO of IP Checkups. “This online compendium of NPE patent holdings, called the NPE Tracker, will help stimulate a more efficient and transparent patent marketplace.”

“Though we did not reach our funding targets, members of the patent community have offered free research services to further our investigation into non practicing entities,” said Lily Li, director of marketing and business development at IP Checkups. “As a result, we can complete this project through engaging our own network of patent professionals, and by crowdsourcing business intelligence from the public.”

A beta version of the NPE tracker will be available online by the end of January and will feature the initial stages of IP Checkups’ research. The general public can contact IP Checkups at info(at)ipcheckups(dot)com, subject “NPE Tracker,” for updates on the project and ways to get involved.

About IP Checkups:

IP Checkups was founded in 2004 as a boutique patent analytics firm. The company offers custom patent portfolio and technology analysis to corporate clients, investors, research institutions, and universities. IP Checkups PatentCAM™ subscriptions combine custom intellectual asset management and patent search services with powerful web-based software solutions enabling companies to identify, analyze, manage, monitor and update patent information relevant to their technology and markets.

IP Checkups to Publish Intellectual Ventures’ Hidden Patent Portfolio

BERKELEY, Calif., October 15, 2012IP Checkups, Inc., a boutique patent analytics firm, today announced the launch of Case IV Thicket, an Indiegogo crowdfunded project designed to expose Intellectual Ventures’ hidden patent portfolio and make it freely available to the public. IP Checkups plans to release a free, online database of patents belonging to Intellectual Ventures and its shell companies. The database will be accompanied by a blog – the IV Thicket Case Files – in the style of a detective film noir, to follow IP Checkups’ research and discovery process into Intellectual Ventures’ patent portfolio.

Intellectual Ventures, among the largest patent holders in the United States, with an estimated 40,000 patents, actively and intentionally hides its portfolio in more than 1,200 shell companies. This eliminates transparency and increases Intellectual Venture’s leverage with potential licensees. Even though worldwide patent offices record patent ownership, they do not record financial ownership in the shell companies. Intellectual Ventures develops and buys patents in bulk, and then makes money from these patents through various questionable schemes, including licensing, partnerships, and patent lawsuits filed by shell companies.

“The U.S. government grants limited monopoly rights to patent owners, and in return, requires disclosure of these inventions and records of ownership,” said Matt Rappaport, founder and CEO of IP Checkups. “The whole purpose of the patent system is to share this information with the general public to make them aware of new innovations, and encourage companies to license and trade patents to develop innovative products. When you hide patent ownership through obscure shell companies as Intellectual Ventures does, you negate the entire purpose of the patent system – the development of an open marketplace of ideas.”

Investors and companies will be able to freely access the Intellectual Ventures database to research licensing opportunities and patent infringement litigation risks for new products. They will then be able to decide to abandon their product or bear the high costs of an Intellectual Ventures license.

“Indiegogo is the perfect venue for Case IV Thicket because the threat of patent litigation affects all startups and inventors,” said Lily Li, patent strategist at IP Checkups. “Our database and blog will help real innovators learn about the patent system and assess its risks.”

About IP Checkups:

IP Checkups was founded in 2004 as a boutique patent analytics firm. The company offers custom patent portfolio and technology analysis to corporate clients, investors, research institutions, and universities. IP Checkups PatentCAM™ subscriptions combine custom intellectual asset management and patent search services with powerful web-based software solutions enabling companies to identify, analyze, manage, monitor and update patent information relevant to their technology and markets.

Press Release: IP Checkups Launches CleanTech PatentEdge, the First Online Cleantech Patent Database

BERKELEY, CA (September 12, 2012) – IP Checkups, a boutique patent analytics firm, today announced the launch of CleanTech PatentEdge, the only comprehensive online patent research database dedicated to addressing cleantech industry patent developments. The database filters more than 1.5 million worldwide patents in more than 150 cleantech market sectors and includes technologies as diverse as, but not limited to, ethanol biofuels, solar thin films, energy storage, and desalination. CleanTech PatentEdge allows users to avoid arduous patent searches and antiquated national patent databases by accessing information on cleantech patent data and trends through a simple, cost-effective interface.

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CleanTech PatentEdge combines its database of worldwide patent publications with an easy-to-use analytics portal. The analytics portal tracks the real-time progress of worldwide patent publications and grants and creates custom charts and tables from the data [See Images A & B]. As a result, various key end-users — such as investors, researchers, business development, licensing, product, and marketing managers— can have information on the latest technology and potential competitors at their fingertips. With CleanTech PatentEdge, users can easily identify and analyze green tech industry trends and competitors, rather than rely on traditional market reports that are obsolete within a few months.

“CleanTech PatentEdge addresses an unmet need in burgeoning green industries, such as renewable energy, which are growing at breakneck rates. There are daily innovations in solar, wind, and water technologies, to name just a few. CleanTech PatentEdge provides an otherwise unattainable view of an entire industry’s patent developments and competitive landscape in real-time, as patents are filed,” said Matt Rappaport, founder and CEO of IP Checkups.

Who can benefit from CleanTech PatentEdge?

* Product and marketing executives will be well-informed on competitive product offerings and can use this information to better position their own product rollouts.

* Business development executives can find companies with strong patent portfolios and innovative research for strategic partnerships and acquisitions.

* Investors can seek opportunities in high-growth cleantech sectors or conduct patent due-diligence on their portfolio companies.

* Market research firms can study cleantech patent trends over time, compare technology sectors, and research individual companies.

CleanTech PatentEdge annual subscriptions begin at $180/month for individual users, and $450/month for 3-5 users. Month-to-month plans, corporate and educational rates are also available.

For more information, please visit http://www.cleantechpatentedge.com/ or check out the introductory video at https://vimeo.com/49188559.

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About IP Checkups

IP Checkups was founded in 2004 as a boutique patent analytics firm. The company offers custom patent portfolio and technology analysis to corporate clients, investors, research institutions, and universities. IP Checkups combines custom intellectual asset management and patent search services with powerful web-based software solutions enabling companies to identify, analyze, manage, monitor and update patent information relevant to their technology and markets. Check out the CleanTech PatentEdge blog <http://www.cleantechpatentedge.com/blog> for latest patent publications, industry news, and cleantech events.