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Intellectual Property Benchmark Reports

The largest selection of Intellectual Property Benchmark Reports

All survey topics and questions are reviewed and approved by our Corporate Intellectual Property Leadership Advisory. All benchmark reports include a briefing session to discuss and answer questions about report content and subject area.

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2013 Featured Best Practices Benchmark Reports

Intellectual Property Law Firm Patenting Costs & Quality Management

This ipPerformance Report provides a comprehensive review of IP Leaders actions to handle the impact of the America Invents Act. This report provides you with detailed analysis and actionable insights that will enable you to evaluate and compare your patent filing strategies, patent department expense budget decision-making, and patenting practices. The analysis is a compilation of 56 companies responses.

This report covers the following topics:
- IP Law Firm Preparation & Prosecution
- IP Law Firm Usage/Trends
- Time and Efficiencies
- Alternative/Fixed Fee Arrangements Experience
- Hourly Rates
- Law Firm Costs Averages
- Patent/Technology Enforcement & Disputes Activities
- Methods for Improving Cost and Performance
- Managing Costs
- Legal Process Outsourcing Strategies


Recognized Participants include:

AstenJohnson, Google, Deere & Company, Nissan North America, Polaris, Baker Hughes, Dow Corning, Sun Chemical Corporation

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America Invents Act Impact on Patent Operations (2013)

This ipPerformance Report provides a comprehensive review of IP Leaders actions to handle the impact of the America Invents Act.
This report provides you with detailed analysis and actionable insights that will enable you to evaluate and compare your patent filing strategies, patent department expense budget decision-making, and patenting practices. The analysis is a compilation of 42 companies responses.

This comprehensive report provides you candid experience and perspectives from IP Leaders. 

- What patent procurement process changes are being made?
- What are the changes to disclosure policies?
- Are companies changing their use of inventor notebooks?
- How have companies adapted their program to increase USPTO costs?
- How are IP Leaders viewing the secret sale?
- What is the most significant impact of pre and post grant processes?

This report covers the following topics:

- First Inventor to File
- Disclosure (Section 102)
- Cost Management and Impact on Budge
- Post-grant or inter partes review processes
- Inventor Notebook Usage
- Patent Monitoring & Searching Activities
- Virtual Marking
- Prior User Rights

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Intellectual Property Training Programs
Corporate intellectual property training is considered
to be a key factor for driving up inventor invention disclosures and
patent program support.

Through the revealing of quantitative results from a survey of 38
corporations, the Intellectual Property Training Best Practices
Benchmark Report will show you how to create a highly effective
training program that will lead to strengthening employee knowledge
and hence increase innovation activity.



This report covers the following topics:
- Intellectual Property Stakeholder Knowledge
- Intellectual Property Program Governance & Purpose
- Delivery and Awareness
- Measure Effectiveness and Program Satisfaction
- Corporate Training Integration & Intellectual PropertyTraining Responsibility
- Budget
- Ownership and Amount
- Company Business Data
You will learn:

- How companies score Intellectual Property stakeholder knowledge for primary topics: Intellectual Property concepts, Handling Proprietary Information, Marketing/Business Advantage of
Intellectual Property and invention submission and product clearance processes, and advanced Intellectual Property concepts

- Which factors influence Intellectual Property concept knowledge
- The number of courses offered at companies
- Which Intellectual Property training topics included in corporate training programs
- Who is developing and delivering Intellectual Property training
- Best methods to overcome employee training impediments
- Which methods are used to train employees
- What training program structure has the highest level of satisfaction and Intellectual Property stakeholder knowledge . . . and much more


Recognized Participants include:

Sasol, Flextronics, Sun Chemical, Futuragene Ltd, Dow Corning,
Appear, All Clear Diagnostics, Novozymes A/S, Bank of America



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Corporate Trade Secret Management

ipPerformance Group has gathered policies and best practices from 33 IP driven companies. This is the most comprehensive proprietary analysis for trade secret and proprietary information protection practices ever collected. Be confident using our guide as the definitive source of benchmarking and best practices data.



This report covers the following topics:
- Trade Secret Management Responsibility
- Trade Secret Audits - Identification and Classification Processes
- Processes
- America Invents Act
- Training
- Misappropriation & Loss Incidents
- Cybercrime & APT (advanced persistent threats)
- Executive Support
- Employee Communication
- Trade Secret Management Software Tools
- Trade Secret Management
- Methods


Recognized Participants include:

Freescale Semiconductor, Owens Corning, NOVA Chemicals, Clorox, Dow Corning, Oclaro, Praxair, Celanese, IBM Corp. Swagelok, Eaton, Sasol



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2013 Intellectual Property
LawDepartment Patent Operation>



The 2013 Intellectual Property Law Department Patent Operation study confirms that company IP department personnel resources and structure affect the department efficiencies and ROI on R&D spending. In this comprehensive study, innovation- driven companies shared operational costs, staffing and attorney responsibilities, patent filing strategies and performance metrics.

IP Law Department - Patent Operations

This report covers the following topics:
- Intellectual Property Business Structure & Governance
- Intellectual property asset management team
- Patent Activities 2012 or last fiscal period
- Patenting Activity Changes in 2013
- Patent/Technology Enforcement & Disputes Activities
- Provisional Patent Filing
- Patent Portfolio Size and Vitality
- Staffing
- Worldwide Staffing and Locations
- Department Performance
- Operational Costs and Budgeting
- Inside Patent Attorney/Agent workload
- Patent Attorney Responsibilities
- Inside Patent Attorney/Agent Patent Preparation and Prosecution Support
- R&D Activities
- Litigation Activity and Costs
- Intellectual Property Performance Metrics and Ratios
- Intellectual Property Department Personnel Compensation
Recognized Participants include:
Praxair, Sasol Limited ,FrieslandCampina ,Flextronics ,Deere &
Company, Nike, Adobe, USG, Sun Chemical, NOVA Chemicals Inc.,
Symantec, Zebra Technologies, Freescale Semiconductor, Electrolux,
ArjoHuntleigh, Micro Encoder , Sisecam, Bombardier Aerospace, Green
Mountain Coffee Roasters, Institut Straumann AG



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America Invents Act Impact on Patent Operations

This ipPerformance Report provides a comprehensive review of IP
Leaders actions to handle the impact of the America Invents Act.
This report provides you with detailed analysis and actionable
insights that will enable you to evaluate and compare your patent
filing strategies, patent department expense budget decision-making,
and patenting practices. The analysis is a compilation of 42
companies responses.

This report covers the following topics:
- First Inventor to File
- Disclosure (Section 102)
- Cost Management and Impact on Budget
- Post-grant or inter partes review processes
- Inventor Notebook Usage
- Patent Monitoring & Searching Activities
- Virtual Marking
- Prior User Rights
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Intellectual Asset Management Software - Customer Satisfaction
Study


ipPerformance provides a comprehensive review of the leading
enterprise intellectual asset management (IAM) software solutions.
This is the only report that provides you with detailed customer
satisfaction feedback. It includes software functionality and
design, vendor services and support capabilities, and product
strengths and weaknesses. While it is important to evaluate IAM
solutions with detailed product requirements and feature
demonstrations, learning customer experience is vital to the
selection process and can reduce the risk of a bad selection.
Detailed analysis for IAM software systems: Anaqua, CPA Memotech,
CPA Foundation IP, CPI, Lecorpio and Thomson IP Manager.

Brief reviews for IAM software systems: Innovation Asset Decipher
and CPA Ipendo.



This report covers the following topics:
- Product strengths and weaknesses
- Software functionality satisfaction ratings
- Key benefits - How satisfied are companies with vendor support?
- Which product capabilities are companies more satisfied with?
- Key reports for updating management
- Key reports for tracking reports track department activity or make
department decisions
- Capabilities companies are looking for in new/replacement software




Trademark Management & Operations Best Practices

ipPerformance Group conducted a Trademark Management
& Operations study to assess the current state of best practices
and use of technology within global brand-driven companies.
IpPerformance accomplished this by connecting directly with
companies and interviewing legal and trademark department personnel
who have responsibilities for managing, processing, or executing the
activities throughout the life cycle of trademarks. It covers
Strategy, Organization, Processes, and Systems.



The companies interviewed represent a cross-section of entities
based on industry, size, significance of trademark portfolio, and in
some instances, the company's eminence in managing brands. The
standard questionnaire used for each interview covered the life
cycle information and processes, as well as the technology tools
deployed by each company.



The results of the interviews are summarized in this report. While
the number of companies interviewed provides no statistically
significant results, these results provide insights on the practices
of these companies as well as reflecting the practices of the
industry aside from these companies to some degree based on
statements made by interviewees.

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2011 Inventor Reward and Recognition Programs
How important
are Inventor Reward and Recognition Programs (IRRP) to promoting and
cultivating innovation and inventiveness in companies across
industries and what are the most important elements of these
programs in innovative companies
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The 2011 Inventor Reward and Recognition Programs benchmark report
provides valuable insights on the practices, including best
practices, of inventor reward and recognition programs (IRRPs) for
companies across industries including how important awards are to
motivating inventors, the most important characteristics or
attributes that make an organization's IRRP effective, the effects
of programs overall, the importance of financial versus
non-financial rewards, the types of awards used per type of
innovative practice/milestone, and financial amounts and cap of
amounts per type of innovative practice/milestone.

Learn what types of recognition are being used for the following
types of milestones in companies: *Invention Disclosure, *Initial
patent filings, *Patent grants (utility/process), *Patent grants
(Design), *Trade Secrets, *Defensive Publications, *Provisional
Patent Applications, *Licensed-in Technology



Key Subjects


- How Important Awards Are to Motivating Inventors/Why They Are
Important
- Reasons for Having A Program and the Effects of Not Having a
Program
- Types of Awards Used for Inventors including Financial Versus
Non-Financial
- Use of Multi-tiered, Accrual, or Graduated Incentive Awards and
Their Importance
- Challenges to Programs
- Location of Program in Companies


Sample Metrics
- Importance of Types of Awards to Inventors
and Motivation

- Levels of Financial Awards Used including Bonus Amounts for
Significant Commercial Success

- Extra Incentive Methods Used

- Frequency of Recognition Events

- Degree of R&D Involvement/Performance Linkage to Program



Participants
136 Companies, 24 Major Industries



2011 Intellectual Property Law Department Patent Operations
How are IP Departments staffed and managing internal costs,
law firm costs, and adapting their patenting strategies?


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Intellectual Property Law Department Patent Operations benchmark
report provides valuable insights regarding department expenses and
professional and non-professional staffing, patent attorney
workload, outside counsel trends including costs and usage of
innovation driven companies.



Key Subjects:


- Attorney and Patent Liaison Workload
- IP/Patent Department Staffing
- US and Worldwide Spending
- Outside Counsel Usage and Costs
-Patent Preparation Workflow Cycles


Sample Metrics:
- Patent Attorneys to Staff Ratio
- Average Patenting Costs
- Patent Attorney Workload and Responsibilities
- Patent Attorney and Patent Liaison Activity - time spent
- R&D to Patent Department Ratios
- Outside Counsel - Use and Costs


Participants:


59 Companies, 16 Major Industries

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Benchmark Reports

Intellectual Property Management (Strategy, Operations, People, Tools) An extensive look into
full-lifecycle of Intellectual Property Management


The Strategic Intellectual Property Management Best Practices report
is the most comprehensive investigation into all aspects of
intellectual property management. It provides valuable benchmarking,
metrics and qualitative information that can be used by a diverse
group of corporate management.

Key Subjects:

- The role of Intellectual property strategy - Technology
development and innovation - Intellectual property operations -
Intellectual property management - Trade secrets - Resources -
Intellectual property strategy - Licensing management - Litigation
and enforcement - Patent quality - Operational and strategic metrics




Participants:

112 Companies, 16 Major Industries

Sponsors:

S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc., International Truck Company,3M
Company,Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., Affymetrix, International
Truck & Engine Corporation

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Strategic Intellectual Property Planning, Metrics and Tools

Intellectual Property is playing a greater role across industries
and markets. Leading companies are developing comprehensive
strategies with performance measures to evaluate their
success. This study provides significant insights into strategy
considerations for managing and monetizing intellectual
property. The report identifies the roles that participate in
planning intellectual property strategies.  Additionally, the
tools used to manage intellectual property portfolios include user
satisfaction feedback.

Key Subjects:

  • Methods for calculating patent value

  • Patent strategy success measures

  • Effectively managing intellectual property portfolio

  • Measures used to gain management support

  • Intellectual Property Management Software Tools


Participants:

112 Companies, 16 Major Industries



Sample Reference Participants:


Steelcase Inc., Wm. Wrigley Jr., Elekta Instrument AB, Pratt &
Whitney, The Dow Chemical Company, Stryker Orthopaedics, Nestle
Purina, BD Medical, Brady, Swagelok Company, Abbott Laboratories,
Navistar, Inc., Praxair Technology, Inc., Caterpillar, and Freescale
Semiconductor

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Intellectual Property Law Department
Operations and Metrics


Intellectual Property Law Department Operations and Metrics
benchmark report provides valuable insights regarding department
expenses and professional and non-professional staffing, patent
attorney workload, outside counsel trends including costs and usage
of innovation driven companies.



Key Subjects:


  • Attorney and Patent Liaison Workload

  • IP/Patent Department Staffing

  • US and Worldwide Spending

  • Outside Counsel Usage and Costs

  • Patent Preparation Workflow Cycles


Sample Metrics:

  • Patent Attorneys to Staff Ratio

  • Average Patenting Costs

  • Patent Attorney Workload and Responsibilities

  • Patent Attorney Activity - time spent

  • R&D to Patent Department Ratios

  • Outside Counsel - Use and Costs


Participants:

113 Companies, 23 Major Industries

Sample Reference Participants:

Kimberly-Clark, Affymetrix Inc., Deere & Company, Caterpillar,
Praxair Technology, Inc., Palm, Inc., Eastman Chemical Company, S.C.
Johnson & Son, Inc., and Lexmark

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Inventor Reward & Recognition Programs Best Practices


Inventors are motivated by company incentive and recognition
programs. The following report provides you with a thorough
review of comprehensive inventor reward and recognition
programs. The report includes detail analysis of the program
characteristics that prove to have positive results. It
confirms the effectiveness of the programs and reviews the vast
approaches that world-class companies take.

The study results are helping executives create effective inventor
incentive programs to achieve the results needed during theses
turbulent times. The report presents proven methods for
increasing the quality and value of existing programs.

Key Subjects:

  • Inventor reward and recognition program structures

  • Financial award values

  • Non-financial recognition

  • Extraordinary awards (e.g. Annual, Success, Inventor of the
    Year)

  • International management and harmonization

  • Program objectives and performance metrics

  • Promotional methods

  • Program costs

  • Program management


Participants:

221 Companies, 16 Major Industries

Sample Reference Participants:

Caterpillar, Nestle Purina, Boston Scientific, Halliburton, Ford
Motor Company, Deere & Company, Freescale Semiconductor, Praxair
Technology, Inc., Eastman Kodak, Sharp Electronics Corporation, and
The Clorox Company

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Intellectual Property Training Best Practices


The “IP Training Program Best Practices Survey” was conducted among
intellectual property (IP) leaders representing 23 major industries.
Survey participants were questioned on a range of topics, including
curriculum, program management and budgeting, delivery methods,
effectiveness and employee and senior management IP knowledge,
program goals and objectives.

Participants: 49 Companies, 16 Major Industries



Sample Reference Participants:


Teradyne, Inc., Lam Research, Praxair, ASM International NV
Freescale Semiconductor, Deere & Company, Sasol, and
JohnsonDiversey



Intellectual Property Department Cost Management


ipPerformance Group compiled a unique view into how companies are
adjusting to the economic downturn. This study will provide you
with insights on widespread changes companies have made and the
results of those changes. It explores how companies have
revised their patenting strategies to meet budget conditions.

  • How companies are adapting to the current climate

  • Cost reduction efforts and impacts

  • Changes in filing strategies

  • Preparation and prosecution costs

  • IP/Patent department staffing

  • Outside counsel usage, fee structure and costs


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Intellectual Property Portfolio Management Shoot-Out Results

In the ipPerformance Group report, "Shoot-Out Vendors in
Intellectual Property Portfolio Management Software Applications,”
ipPerformance Group organizes assessments made by intellectual
property leaders from Fortune 500 companies. Highlighted vendors
include 
CPA Global
Innovation Asset Group and 
Thomson IP Management Systems.



ipPerformance Group gathered and analyzed feedback from corporate
intellectual property leaders as they evaluated the capabilities of
CPA’s Memotech, Thomson IP Manager and Innovation Asset Group’s
Decipher applications, as related to their portfolio
management/business productivity. The research found that each
vendor offered unique and valuable user experiences and
capabilities. On average, participating intellectual property (IP)
leaders rated the Decipher solution more favorably for being able to
look at the current state of their IP portfolio and their IP
portfolio approach while Thomson IP Manager was more favorably rated
for their capabilities to look at future direction and identifying
gaps and weaknesses. Memotech was rated highly for identifying
portfolio costs and identifying the linkage between products and
patents. These findings are based on a business intellectual
property portfolio management capability measurement framework
developed by ipPerformance Group.

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Patent Research and Analytics Services


ipPerformance investigates patent analytics programs best
practices. The following report details internal resources and
methods, as well as the purpose and approach of outsourcing to
external services providers.

Key Subjects:

  • Most popular content providers and analysis tools

  • User satisfaction and most valuable features

  • Effective analysis reports for management

  • Most prevalent objectives and activities

  • Third party services performance and improvements

  • Popular content and analytics tools


Participants:

105 Companies, 15 Major Industries

Sample Reference Participants:

Weyerhaeuser NR Company, Agilent Technologies, Eastman Chemical
Company, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., Praxair Technology, Inc.,
Suncor Energy, The Dow Chemical Company, Deere & Company, and
Kimberly-Clark
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