Patent Filings Reveal a Growing Interest in IoT

By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 04-01-2015 Email

A new study on intellectual property related to the Internet of things (IoT) finds that a majority of patenting activity occurred in areas related to resource management in a wireless network. But patent distribution in this domain is very fragmented, according to the study, with the top patent filer, LG, holding just 5% of total patents. Qualcomm is the leader in high patent portfolio quality and good patent filing activity, according to the report. Interdigital and ETRI hold substantial patents in their portfolios, as well. "With a very fragmented patent holding pattern and a high patent filing activity, we expect to see significant patent licensing activity in this technology domain," particularly in the wireless communication protocol and device control systems segments, the report states. The IoT is expected to be an "all-pervasive technology" in the next 10 years. The United States has the most patent filings, followed closely by Japan, Korea and China, the report states. The study was conducted by patent litigation consulting and e-discovery firm LexInnova, which has a proprietary patents analytic tool called LexScore.

Karen A. Frenkel writes about technology and innovation and lives in New York City.


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