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4th February 2021

Benchmarking Report – Key Findings

Incorporating the findings of the “Benchmarking your Patent Portfolio” survey conducted in collaboration with IAM

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Patent owners understand the importance of benchmarking patent portfolios and 98% adopt this approach in support of their patent strategy. Over half, however, complain about the time and expense of benchmarking, and almost the same number state that there is a lack of objective and reliable data. This is more than a coincidence, it’s causation. Make a task hard enough and it’s human nature to avoid it.

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Benchmarking is at an inflection point where over half of organisations have access to the data and analysis they require to support evidence-based decisions. The other half still struggle with an information deficit largely attributable to obstacles that machine learning and process improvements can eliminate.

Key findings

98% of patent owners use Benchmarking to support their patent strategy and 89%, for Competitive Intelligence

 

Hear all four Key Findings from the Cipher Report on Benchmarking your Patent Portfolio

Understanding your competitors is a fundamental requirement of benchmarking

88% of patent owners report that benchmarking involves a comparison to competitors. Most use Portfolio Size, Geography, Quality and Age as metrics. However there is a growing trend towards combining this data with other sources of business data to increase relevance to executives across finance, technology and other business functions. This is a topic explored further in our article Beyond Portfolio Optimisation (IAM 100, 2020).

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Benchmarking at the technology level is best practice

Benchmarking patent portfolios must be conducted at the right level of granularity to be actionable. 75% of patent owners report that benchmarking is conducted at the technology level and there is consensus that this delivers more valuable and actionable insight.

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The main obstacles to benchmarking are cost, lack of objective & reliable data & time

While benchmarking is regarded as critical to patent strategy, 53% of respondents state that the primary challenge is that it is too expensive or time consuming. Other challenges include a lack of objective and reliable data (48%) and a lack of industry standards (42%). Efficient access to the data you need is key and Machine Learning solutions like Cipher offer a step change in this area.

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Those who are not taking advantage of this capability risk being at a significant competitive disadvantage. Benchmarking is at an inflection point where over half of organisations have access to the data and analysis they require to support evidence-based decisions. The other half still struggle with an information deficit largely attributable to obstacles that machine learning and process improvements can eliminate.

Cipher Benchmarking Study              Read the Key Findings

 

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