Developing Intellectual Property Performance Metrics



Competitive Benchmarking Performance Metrics

Benchmarking your performance paves the way for continuous improvement. ipPerformance's Competitive Benchmarking Program enables you to easily compare your Intellectual Property Asset Management operational performance and process attributes against similar portfolios and companies, as well as concentrate on specific areas of interest.

Data can be analyzed using a variety of user-selected filters, including industry, revenue, R&D spending, innovation activity, patenting activity, organizational type, operational size, geography, and time period.

ipPerformance can utilize its extensive database or initiate a study from a select group of companies to ascertain the particular information that you require. This is accomplished by collecting, in an automated manner, a standardized set of data elements from each company. The information is accumulated and summarized to provide comprehensive, multidimensional comparisons. Data is verified at the time of collection, and calculations are defined for accuracy, transparency and comparability. All information is reported in an aggregated, non-attributed manner to ensure member confidentiality.


Developing strategic measures that track your Intellectual Property Asset Management Value Drivers

  • Increase Income

  • Reduce Costs

  • Facilitate Access to Capital

  • Improve Competitiveness

  • Reduce Risk

  • Expand Markets


Benchmarking operational measures to manage intellectual property department budget and spending

  • Staffing Costs and Headcount

  • Law Firm Costs

  • Workflow Efficiencies

  • Patent Attorney Workload

  • Staffing Locations

  • Patent and Trademark operations costs and budget


Intellectual Property Law Department Benchmark Performance Measures
(Example - short list)

Department Efficiencies
Patent Applications per IP Attorney
Invention Disclosures per IP Attorney
Invention Disclosures per IP Staff
IP Department Expenses as a percentage of Revenue
IP Department Expenses as a percentage of R&D Expenses


R&D Effectiveness
R&D Expenses per Invention Disclosure
R&D Expenses per Patents Application
Patents Applications as a percentage of Invention Disclosures
R&D Expenses as a percentage of Revenue


Law Firm Costs
Cost of Opinions (Validation, Patentability, Infringement)
Cost of Patent Preparation (Simple Case)
Cost of Patent Prosecution (Simple Case)
Cost of Patent Preparation (Complex Case)
Cost of Patent Prosecution (Complex Case)


Contact ipPerformance to learn more about developing and implementing intellectual property performance metrics
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