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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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Featured Best Practices Benchmark Reports

Patent Intelligence - Search and Analytics
Patent intelligence is vital to organizations that have strategy-driven patent programs and those that want to mitigate
patent infringement risks. At an increasing rate, companies are using patent intelligence to make research and development
decisions, anticipate competitor technology plans, develop licensing strategies, and establish comprehensive roadmaps.

This study can help executives learn how leading organizations use patent data to drive strategy and market success. To determine how
best-in-class companies proactively manage their patent intelligence functions to sustain efficiency and profitability, ipPerformance
researched several major topic areas: (1) creating and communicating patent research value; (2) optimal structure and alignment; (3)
critical uses; (4) key primary and secondary intelligence systems; and (5) external resource satisfaction.

This report covers the following topics:
- Organization internal patent intelligence support
- Patent intelligence systems tools
- Systems/tools satisfaction
- Outsourcing of patent intelligence (search and analytics)
- Service provider experience and satisfaction
- Competitor threats and opportunities monitoring
- Preferences and opportunities.

Recognized participants include: Zebra Technologies Corporation, Visa, Tessera, Scil Proteins, Sasol, PepsiCo, Nova Measuring Instruments Ltd, Kimberly-Clark, ITT Corporation, GE, Cytec Industries Inc., Crown Packaging

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Corporate Intellectual Property Law Departments - Managing Law Firm Cost and Quality (2013)
This ipPerformance report provides a comprehensive review of IP leader actions to handle the impact of the America Invents Act.

In this comprehensive study, innovation-driven companies shared detailed law firm activity costs, management and assessment practices, selection methods, operational costs, staffing and attorney responsibilities, patent filing strategies, and performance metrics. The analysis is a compilation of responses from 56 companies.

This report covers the following topics:
- IP law firm preparation and prosecution This report covers the following topics:
- IP law firm preparation and prosecution
- IP law firm usage/trends
- Time and efficiencies
- Alternative/fixed fee arrangements experience
- Hourly rates
- Law firm costs averages
- Methods for improving cost and performance
- Managing costs
- Legal process outsourcing strategies
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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 leader actions to handle the impact of the America Invents Act. This report provides you with detailed analysis and actionable insights from 42 companies. The focus is on how companies have approached practices most affected by the new provisions.

Following are some of the questions investigated:
- 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 budget
- Post-grant or inter partes review processes
- Inventor notebook usage
- Patent monitoring and searching activities
- Virtual marking
- Prior user rights
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Intellectual Property Training Programs (2013)
Corporate intellectual property training is considered to be a key factor in driving up inventor invention disclosures and patent program support.

By revealing 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 and purpose
- Delivery and awareness
- Measuring effectiveness and program satisfaction
- Corporate training integration and intellectual property training responsibility
- Budget (ownership and amount)
- Company business data

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 and Proprietary Information Management
ipPerformance Group has gathered trade secret and proprietary information management 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
- America Invents Act
- Training
- Misappropriation and loss incidents
- Cybercrime and advanced persistent threats (APT)
- 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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Corporate Intellectual Property Law Departments - Patent Operation (2013)
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.

This report covers the following topics:
- Intellectual property business structure and governance
- Intellectual property asset management team
- Patent activities in 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 (2012)
This ipPerformance Report provides a comprehensive review of IP leader actions to handle the impact of the America Invents Act. It 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 responses from 42 companies.

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 and searching activities
- Virtual marking
- Prior user rights

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Intellectual Asset Management Software Solutions
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

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Trademark Management and Operations Best Practices

ipPerformance Group conducted its 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 responsibility for managing, processing, or executing activities throughout the life cycle of trademarks. It covers strategy, organization, processes, and systems.

The companies that were 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 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. In addition, statements made by the interviewees provide a certain level of information on industry practices outside the companies interviewed.

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Inventor Reward and Recognition Programs (2011)
How important are Inventor Reward and Recognition Programs (IRRP) in promoting and cultivating innovation and inventiveness in companies across industries? What are the most important elements of these programs in innovative companies?

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 in 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 nonfinancial rewards, the types of awards used per type of innovative practice/milestone, and financial amounts and caps on 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, and 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 nonfinancial
- Use of multi-tier, 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

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

The Intellectual Property Law Department Patent Operations benchmark report provides valuable insights regarding department expenses and professional and nonprofessional staffing, patent attorney workload, and 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 attorney-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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Additional Benchmark Reports

Intellectual Property Management (Strategy, Operations, People, Tools)
An extensive look into the complete 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, and International Truck & Engine Corporation.

Strategic Intellectual Property Planning, Metrics, and Tools
Intellectual property is playing an ever-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

Recognized participants include: 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.

Intellectual Property Law Department Operations and Metrics
The Intellectual Property Law Department Operations and Metrics benchmark report provides valuable insights regarding department expenses and professional
and nonprofessional staffing, patent attorney workload, and 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-attorney-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

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

Inventor Reward & Recognition Programs Best Practices
Inventors are motivated by company incentive and recognition programs. This report provides you with a thorough review of comprehensive inventor reward and recognition programs. The report includes detailed analysis of the program characteristics that prove to have positive results. It confirms the effectiveness of the programs and reviews the variety approaches that world-class companies take.

The study results are helping executives create effective inventor incentive programs to achieve the results needed during these 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
- Nonfinancial 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

Recognized participants include: 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.

Intellectual Property Training Best Practices
The IP Training Program Best Practices Survey was conducted among 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, and program goals and objectives.

Participants: 49 Companies, 16 Major Industries

Recognized participants include: 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


Intellectual Property Portfolio Management Shootout Results
In the ipPerformance Group report, Shootout 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 the CPA Memotech, Thomson IP Manager, and Innovation Asset Group Decipher applications, as they relate to their portfolio management/business productivity. The research found that each vendor offered unique and valuable user
experiences and capabilities. On average, participating 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. Thomson IP Manager was more favorably rated for its capabilities in looking at future directions 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.

Patent Search and Analytics - Tools and 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 analytics 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
Recognized participants include: 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.