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Patent Checkup

Produce superior patents and patent portfolios


Valuable patents are patents that provide economic benefit and can be enforced against infringement. Unfortunately, many patents have no value either because a) the inventions are worthless or b) the invention has business value, but the patent is legally handicapped.

The average cost now for a US patent is $50,000. If patent return on investment (ROI) is important to you – consider a Patent Checkup. Click REQUEST A CHECKUP, send us your patent/s and we will return your Patent Rating results. There is no charge or registration required.

Our Approach

Patent Checkup uses an “A” through “D” Patent Rating scale. A-rated patents represent patents with the highest value, B-rated patents have medium value, C-rated patents have low value and D-rated patents are unlikely to have value. The checkup further distinguishes Business Value (BV) and Legal Value (LV). Both are measured independently, described as follows.

Business Value

Business Value indicates whether a patented invention is used in the industry and has significant revenue attached to its use. A granted patent is no guarantee that the invention has business value in fact most patents will never achieve significant commercial relevance. Licensees and buyers often need to be certain that a patent can support a revenue-generating licensing program. They consider who is using the patented technology, whether the technology generates profits and/or reduces costs, how much revenue the products generate and how much the patented technology contributes to that profit generation. Business Value is expressed as a decimal value on a scale from 0-1 with 1 representing the highest score.

Legal Value

Legal Value measures whether a patented invention can be enforced against infringement and is a key component for the monetization of a patent. The legal factors influencing value highly depend on the way claims were written and their ability to stand up to legal scrutiny. Claim language should be explicitly supported within the specification, written to be understood by persons of ordinary skill and – probably most important – be detectable. Simply stated if one cannot demonstrate that someone is practicing all elements of an issued claim, there is no case to assert the patent. Evidence of use (EOU) in the form of a detailed claim chart offers concrete evidence that a patented invention is being used in a product and shows how the claim is being infringed (see Custom Services). Licensees and buyers often base their decision on the presence of strong EOU. Regardless of an invention’s Business Value, without Legal Value the overall value of the patent is significantly diminished. Inventions are knowingly being infringed all the time because enforcement is either too difficult or cannot be economically justified. Hence, patents with low Legal Value have a low value rating. Legal Value is expressed as a decimal value on a scale from 0-1 with 1 representing the highest score.

Patents are rated according to Business Value and Legal Value. Each is individually scored and combined to produce the Patent Rating. Checkup analyzes each patent claim and the final Patent Rating is determined by the independent claim with the highest combined score. Having Business Value and Legal Value measured separately is particularly useful when analyzing a sizeable portfolio of patents (see Portfolio). Patents can be prioritized according to business goals; for example, patents with the highest Legal Value could be prioritized for licensing, and patents with the highest Business Value could be prioritized for valuation purposes (see Custom Services).

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If you have any questions or require more information about Patent Checkup, please contact us. We’d love to hear from you.

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Patent checkup is inexpensive and provides accurate results quickly

We invented a way to analyze patents by developing an AI system designed specifically for patents using machine language processing combined with a knowledge database stemming from thousands of lawyers and patent experts. Clients work smarter, faster and achieve results that are data driven and accurate. Whether your goal requires patent assessment or determining the likelihood that a portfolio can be successfully licensed or sold — we provide unrivaled insights that are inexpensive and easy to use.

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