Last Updated: 2021/10/29

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION (EP Patent Analysis Report)

The Applicant / Patent Holder "SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION" had 41 patent application filings in the most recent period (2020-01-01 to 2020-03-31). This is a significantly decreased of -42 filings (-50.6%) over 83 they had in the same period of the previous year (2019-01-01 to 2019-03-31).

The company had their highest number of filings in 2015 with 336 cases, and their lowest number in 2011 with 152 cases.

The mean of the number of filings over the last 5 years (2015 to 2019, 1,304 cases in total) is 261, and the median is 254. The coefficient of variation (standard deviation/mean) is 0.22, and there have been small fluctuations in the number of filings from year to year.

Filing information for the last 5 years (2015 to 2019)
Index Value
Average 261 patents
Std Dev 56.9
COV 0.22

Filing trends for the last 3 years
Year Cases YOY
2019 year 182 cases -28.35 %
2018 year 254 cases +15.45 %
2017 year 220 cases -29.49 %

This report provides the latest patent analysis information (the IP landscape, including a patent map) on the patent search results of the EP patent database for SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION for the period of the last 10 years (2011-01-01 to 2021-11-30). You can compare the information in this report with the trends in your competitors’ patent filings and technologies, and use it to search for important patents.

This service provides, free of charge, a patent analysis report based on the latest patent data (Japanese, U.S., European, and PCT application publications) for use in patent searches, patent analysis, and IP landscaping. The service is offered by "Patent Integration" a firm specializing in patent search/patent analysis.

This report includes basic information to help you understand the IP strategy and management of SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, such as changes in the number of patents/patent applications they have filed, comparisons of the numbers of patents/patent applications filed by their peers and competitors, their top coapplicants (joint research partners, alliance partners), and their most important patents. It can be used in various intellectual property business operations such as IP landscaping, patent search/patent analysis, preparation of intellectual property business evaluation reports, selection of M&A candidates, and selection of alliance partners.

Article supervision: Patent attorney Yoshiyuki Ose
Article supervised by: Yoshiyuki Ose (Japanese Patent Attorney)      

After studying physics at the University of Tokyo as a doctoral student, he was engaged in intellectual property analysis and technology trend research as an in-house patent attorney at a precision equipment manufacturer and at Toyota Central R&D Labs. Inc.. He is currently a patent attorney at IPTech Patent Professional Corporation, one of Japan's leading patent firms specializing in IT and startups.

He specializes in invention counseling, patent filing, and intellectual property strategies for start-up companies and new businesses in the fields of software, information technology and artificial intelligence. He runs a patent course for beginners on Udemy, an online course provider. Please feel free to contact him via Twitter DM, LinkedIn, or IPTech Patent Professional Corporation.

Introduction

The concept of the "IP landscape" (IPL) has been attracting attention recently.

An IP landscape is not limited to patent information, but also integrates and analyzes business information (e.g., non-patent information such as papers, news releases, stock information, and market information). Intellectual-property-based business management is realized through the analysis of intellectual property information applied to the formulation of management strategies and business strategies. This is a comprehensive approach that includes but not limited to planning of open and closed strategies, selecting M&A candidates, searching for alliance partners, and formulating intellectual property strategies, through the exploitation of intellectual property information.

IP landscaping usually includes patent search and patent analysis. In patent search and patent analysis, it is important to grasp the market position of each company and the overall technological trends and development trends for each technology. More specifically, it is important to understand what intellectual property your own company and other companies hold, what the strengths and weaknesses of other companies are, and how other companies are trying to exploit their intellectual property. In other words, it is important to understand both the business strategy and the intellectual property strategy of each company.

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Patent Integration has a patent-landscaping function that can visually represent a set of tens of thousands of patents/patent applications. This allows you to convincingly show the technical positions of your company and its competitors to your management and business strategists in order to formulate management strategies and business strategies.

Foreign Patent Analysis Report

The following foreign patent analysis reports have been found for SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION. The trends of patent filings of SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION for each country can be found by clicking on the Applicant/Patent Holder name next to each country.

Patent Filing Trends in Each Country
Country Applicant / Patent Holder
JP セイコーエプソン株式会社
US SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
EP SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
PCT SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, Changes in the Number of EP Patents/Patent Applications

The changes in the number of patent filings of SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION over the last 20 years (EP) are shown below.

The change in the number of patents/patent applications is the most basic index in patent analysis. By examining the change in the number of patents/patent applications, you can see the status of technological development and R&D focus for each company or technology. It should be noted that since there is a one and a half year lag between the filing and the laying open of patent applications, it is not possible to analyze the situation more recently than one and half years prior to the present.

In this report, you can only see the change in the number of patents/patent applications by company or technology, whereas Patent Integration allows you to quickly compare the number of patent applications with your competitors in each technical field by cross-referencing with other keywords and patent classifications.

Counting of the Number of Cases using the Patent Mapping Function

By examining the change in the number of patents/patent applications, you can see the status of technological development and R&D focus for each company or technology.

You can select a graph type from the menu on the upper left. Data can be output as a file to the clipboard, or in CSV format or TSV format. You can also output graph images as files in the SVG, PNG, and JPG formats. For the terms of use when using the data, please see "About this Site."

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Patent landscaping is a visualization of the distribution of patent filings (application focus areas) for each technical keyword. Mountains and islands indicated by heatmap contours represent clusters of patent applications filed, and red areas on the heatmap indicate many patent filings relating to the keyword.

The patent landscape for SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION gives an intuitive understanding of what patent filings they have made and what technical position is to be established. By selecting filing year checkboxes and filtering, you can track their past filing trends (what technical area they have focused on).

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In addition, by visually representing the patent data in this manner, you can convincingly show the technical positions of your company and its competitors to your management and business strategists in order to formulate management strategies and business strategies.

In Patent Integration, you can check the specifics of a patent filing by clicking anywhere on the patent landscape screen. You can also quickly check the position of each applicant for each technical field by cross-referencing with other keywords and patent classifications. You can use it as a guide when considering hypotheses about each company's IP strategy on the IP Landscape. You can also use it for higher-grade intellectual property activities. It has reasonable pricing and a simple user interface that is easy for beginners to handle.

Visualization of Technical Position

The patent landscape allows you to analyze, without any hassle, what patent applications have been filed and what technical position is to be established.

Characteristic Terms (Importance)

The following is a list of words (characteristic terms) often used in SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION patent applications. Characteristic terms with a higher importance are used in more patents/patent applications.

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Search Set (Analysis Object)

This patent analysis report was created for a patent search set of 2,214 cases retrieved by applying the following search formula and analysis period to the following patent database. Patent information such as a patent analysis result, a patent map, and a patent landscape can be freely used for patent searches, analysis, and work on intellectual property strategies, including IP landscaping.

Patent Database
EP Publications/Granted patents
Patent Search Formula
Applicant / Patent Holder:
SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
Patent Analysis Period
2011-01-01〜2021-11-30
Number of Objects
2,214 patents

Analysis results are determined on the basis of patent gazette data issued by the patent office in each country.

Top coapplicant information (EP)

The changes in the number of patents shared with SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION’s top coapplicants are shown below.

By searching for the top coapplicants, you can discover what companies SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION is partnered with to develop technologies and use this information for R&D and intellectual property strategies.

Also, by looking at the change in the number of filings, you can see what companies SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION conducted joint research with in the past, and check the history of SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION’s alliances, partnerships, and joint research and development.

If you want to search for more detailed information, you can use Patent Integration to quickly find out specifically what company they filed a joint application with and what invention it was for.

Search for Coapplicants

Patent integration allows you to find coapplicants in a short amount of time.

Trends in filing of joint patent applications in the last 3 years (2019 to 2021).

Among the top coapplicants, KING JIM CO LTD has the highest number of joint applications in the last in the last 3 years (2019 to 2021) with 4 cases.

Trends in filing of joint patent applications in the last 3 years (2019 to 2021).
Name Cases
KING JIM CO LTD 4 cases

Trends in filing of joint patent applications for the target period (2011 to 2021).

Among the top coapplicants, KING JIM CO LTD has the highest number of joint applications in the last for the target period (2011 to 2021) with 4 cases.

Trends in filing of joint patent applications for the target period (2011 to 2021).
Name Cases
KING JIM CO LTD 4 cases

Top coapplicant, Change in the Number of EP Patents

Below is a patent map showing the changes in the numbers of EP patent filings by SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION’s top 6 coapplicants over the last 20 years.

You can select a graph type from the menu on the upper left. Data can be output as a file to the clipboard, or in CSV format or TSV format. You can also output graph images as files in the SVG, PNG, and JPG formats. For the terms of use when using the data, please see "About this Site."

Top coapplicant Details (EP)

Trends in filing of joint patent applications with KING JIM CO LTD

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION filed 4 joint applications with KING JIM CO LTD for the analysis period (2011 to 2021).

The mean of the number of filings over the last 5 years (2015 to 2019, 2 cases in total) is 0.4, and the median is 0. The coefficient of variation (standard deviation/mean) is 2.0, and there have been very big fluctuations in the number of filings from year to year.

The company had their highest number of filings in 2019 with 2 cases, and their lowest number in 2011 with 0 cases.

Filing information for the last 5 years (2015 to 2019)
Index Value
Average 0.4 patents
Std Dev 0.8
COV 2.0
Filing trends for the last 3 years
Year Cases YOY
2019 year 2 cases -
2018 year 0 cases -
2017 year 0 cases -

Information on important patents (EP)

The following shows EP patents held by SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION that have had an invalidation trial against them demanded or an opposition filed against them by a third party, and SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION’s EP patents/patent applications of high importance cited by Examiners in patent examination processes.

By noting the most important patents, you can obtain knowledge of the competitive business environment in which SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION is placed (e.g., whether it is a fiercely competitive environment or an oligopolistic market and the like). In general, it can be understood that a company with a large number of demands for invalidation trials is developing their business in a business environment where IP disputes are common.

If you want to search for more detailed information, you can use Patent Integration to retrieve and download by company cited patents/patent applications or patents undergoing invalidation trials. You can quickly extract important patents from a patent set that includes multiple competitors by cross-referencing with other keywords and patent classifications. Please consider using it for searches for important patents/patent applications.

Search for Information on Important Patents

You can quickly search for important patents/patent applications, such as patents/patent applications that were cited many times and patents that have had invalidation trials demanded against them many times.

Glossary

Cited
Indicates that the patent/patent application has been cited (by Examiners) in notices of reasons for rejection in the examination process of other (Japanese, U.S., or European) patent applications. The higher the number of citations, the more important the patent/patent application is considered to be.
Request for invalidation trial
Indicates that a third party has requested a procedure to invalidate the patent. It is likely to affect the business of third parties and is considered to be of high importance.
Opposition
Indicates that a third party has filed a petition with the Patent Office to hear the validity of the patent again. Like the trial for invalidation, it is considered to be of high importance.
Information provision
Indicates that a third party has provided the Patent Office with useful information for examination for the patent filed. It is usually considered to be of high importance because it is done to prevent the patent from being granted.
Browsing request
Indicates that a third party has requested the Patent Office to view the patent bag (a set of documents exchanged between the Patent Office and the applicant). The bag is often checked prior to trial for invalidation, opposition, and provision of information, and is considered to be a highly important patent.

Cited cases

Top Patents/Patent Applications with the Highest Number of Cited

Of the patent applications filed in the last 10 years (2011-12-01 to 2021-11-30), 250 patents/patent applications were cited more than once in the examination process of other patent applications. The mean of the number of cited is 2.3. The most cited patent is EPB2543707 "Photocurable ink composition for ink jet recording and ink jet recording method" (31 times) , and the next most cited patent is EPB2568022 "Photocurable ink jet recording ink composition and ink jet recording method" (21 times) .

Top Patents/Patent Applications with the Highest Number of Cited over a Period of 10 Years (2011-12-01 ~ 2021-11-30)
- No. Title
1 EPB2543707 Photocurable ink composition for ink jet recording and ink jet recording method 31 times
2 EPB2568022 Photocurable ink jet recording ink composition and ink jet recording method 21 times
3 EPA2520222 Biological information processing device 11 times
4 EPB2623570 Ultraviolet-curable composition for inkjet and recording material 10 times
5 EPB2594401 Liquid ejecting head and liquid ejecting apparatus 9 times

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