Intellectual Property Program Performance Metrics Scorecard

ipPerformance’s Intellectual Property Program Performance Metrics Scorecard is a comprehensive and structured intellectual property operation scorecard that reflects the key dimensions. Our scorecard provides you with the most up-to-date metrics to benchmark, evaluate and calibrate your operation.

This report will provide you with meaningful understanding of intellectual property operational performance and cost metrics. Contact us to learn more about ipPerformance’s guidance on developing a practical and actionable Intellectual Property Program Performance Metrics Scorecard.

 

Identify opportunity areas for your company to improve profit margins, reduce costs, competitive advantages

Utilizing data from more than 550 innovation-driven companies, this 95+ metrics digital report will help you identify opportunity areas for your company to improve intellectual property department cost management, research and development investment realization, profit margins and intellectual property asset and portfolio  utilization. Uncover cost reduction opportunities and get the most from your R&D, law department, marketing,  and other technology investments.

Scorecard perspectives include:

Profile Metrics and Patent Portfolio

Annual Revenue ($Millions)

Annual R&D Spending ($Millions)

Number of Invention Disclosures Received from Employees

Number of U.S. and non-U.S. Original (nonprovisional and provisional) Patent Applications

WW R&D (Engineering) Personnel Employed

Number of Active Matters (Disputes, oppositions, invalidation proceedings, litigations, arbitrations, etc.) Pending

Worldwide Development Projects – internal “major” development

Business Alignment: Patenting and Business Objectives

Products Use (Products/Services)

Licenses Use (Revenue)

Blocking/Defensive Use (Used to defend market position/prevent market entry)

Future use (Products/Services

Portfolio Management

Patent Portfolio

Total Number of Pending Cases (Worldwide patent applications)

Total Number of Granted Patents Held Worldwide

Total Number of Patent Families

Patent Portfolio – Area Filing

Number of Countries Patents Filed In (convention filing)

Number of Countries Patents Filed In (strategic/high commercial value)

Patent Portfolio Age – Vitality

Number of Patents held less than 3.5 years

Number of Patents held for 3.5 – 7 years

Number of Patents held for 7.5 – 11 years

Number of Patents held for 11 – 15 years

Number of Patents held more than 15 years

Patenting Ratios

Percentage of Internally Generated

Invention Disclosures that Resulted in the Filing of a Patent Applications

Percentage of Prospective Inventors that Submitted Invention Disclosures

Percentage of Patent Applications that began with Filing a Provisional Patent Application

Patent Family Ratios

Patents Worldwide to Patent Families

Patent Applications to Patent Families

Financial Management

IP Operations Expenses

Annual IP Operational Expenses

Annual Patent Operational Expenses

Patent Operation Expenses Itemization (Percentage)

Law Firm Professional Fees (nonlitigation)

Maintenance/Annuity

All other Patent Office Fees (PTO)

Operations, Salaries and Staffing Costs

Patent Research or Analytic Professional Fees

Litigation

Outside Counsel Management

Outside Counsel Usage and Cost

Percentage of Initial (Priority) Nonprovisional Patent

Applications Prepared by Outside Counsel

Percentage of Annual Patent Prosecutions Handled

by Outside Counsel

Average Cost per Simple Patent Application

Preparation

Average Cost per Simple Patent Application

Prosecution

Average Cost per Complex Patent Application

Preparation

Average Cost per Complex Patent Application

Prosecution

Average Cost per Opinion

Outside Counsel Efficiencies

Average time in hours spent by in-house patent

attorney/agent(s) for reviewing a patent application

1st draft prepared by IP law firm(s)

Average time spent in hours by in-house patent

attorney/agent for reviewing an office action

response prepared by IP law firm(s)

Average cycle-time in days for 1st Draft preparation

by IP law firm: from sending them the invention

submission to receipt of 1st Draft review

Average cycle-time in days for Patent Application

Filing by IP law firm: from 1st Draft received to

Patent Application Filing

Personnel & Operations Management

IP Department Operations Analysis

WW IP Expenses as Percentage of Revenue

WW IP Expenses as Percentage of R&D Spending

Patent Expenses as Percentage of Revenue

Patent Expenses as Percentage of R&D Spending

IP Operations – Personnel

Number of Patent Attorneys

Number of IP Attorneys (include Patent, Contract, Litigation, IP (e.g., TM, Copyright), and Licensing)

Total Support Staff

Patent Attorney Cycle Time/Productivity

Average time spent by Patent Attorney for drafting a patent application

Average time spent by Patent Attorney for reviewing a draft prepared by outside counsel.

Average time spent by Patent Attorney for prosecuting a substantive office action

Average time spent by Patent Attorney for reviewing an office action response prepared by outside counsel

Patent Attorney Efficiencies

Average cycle time in days from invention disclosure submission to patent filing decision

Average cycle in days for 1st draft preparation by inside patent attorney/agent(s) from patent filing decision to 1st draft patent application review

Average cycle in days for patent filing by inside patent attorney/agent(s) from 1st draft completion to filing of patent application

Patent Attorney/Agent Workload Analysis/Yields

Invention Disclosures per Patent Attorney

Invention Disclosures per Patent Attorney/Patent Agent

Patent Applications (Originals/Priority U.S. and non-U.S.) per Patent Attorney

Patent Applications (Originals/Priority U.S. and non-U.S.) per Patent Attorney/Agent

Worldwide Pending Patent Applications

(Including foreign equivalents) per Patent

Attorney

Worldwide Pending Patent Applications

(Including foreign equivalents) per Patent

Attorney/Patent Agent

Active Patent Matters per Patent Attorney

Development Projects per Patent Attorney

Development Projects per Patent Attorney/Patent Agent

Total Number of Worldwide Patents Held (Including foreign equivalents) per Patent Attorney

Total Number of Worldwide Patents Held (including foreign equivalents) per Patent

Attorney/Agent

Number of Patent Families per Patent Attorney

Number of Patent Families per Patent Attorney/Agent

R&D Spending ($M) per Patent Attorney

R&D Spending ($M) per Patent Attorney/Agent

Revenue ($M) per Patent Attorney

Revenue ($M) per Patent Attorney/Agent

Innovation Management

R&D Profile and Yield

Development Projects – internal “major” development

Percentage of Active Projects of Significant/High Commercial Value

On average, Percentage of IDs that are of Significant/High Commercial Value per Project

R&D Effectiveness Analysis

Invention Disclosures per Inventor

Patent Applications per Inventor

Total Number of Invention Disclosures per Million Dollars of R&D Spending

Total Number of Original Patents filed per $1M of R&D spending – Patent Efficiency

Revenue ($M) per Patent Application (Priority/Original)

R&D Spending ($M) per Patent Application

R&D Spending ($M) per Invention Disclosure

Revenue ($M) per Invention Disclosure

Risk Management

Risk Management

Number of New Product Clearances and Freedom To Operate Studies Conducted

Patent/Technology-Related Infringement Notice Letters Initiated (Annual)