An important part of any patent portfolio manager’s work is to understand which patents are likely to be implemented in real-world technology. We can think of the process of matching patents to products as having three levels of progressively precise analysis. The investment in time and resources required to arrive at useful documentation at each level increases as the level of analysis increases. Accordingly, access to higher levels of product matching analysis will tend to enable higher monetary returns if the associated documentation can be brought to bear effectively in the intellectual property marketplace. To begin with a bit of background, there is a strong correlation between the value of a patent and the likelihood that the technology it describes is instantiated in real-world commercial products. Any methodologies that can provide insight into this likelihood therefore provide information on the value of a patent.
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