Last Updated: 2021/10/29

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (PCT Patent Analysis Report)

The Applicant / Patent Holder "INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION" had 134 patent application filings in the most recent period (2020-01-01 to 2020-03-31). This is a significantly increased of +61 filings (83.6%) over 73 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 2012 with 623 cases, and their lowest number in 2016 with 139 cases.

The mean of the number of filings over the last 5 years (2015 to 2019, 1,173 cases in total) is 235, and the median is 193. The coefficient of variation (standard deviation/mean) is 0.4, and there have been big fluctuations in the number of filings from year to year.

Filing information for the last 5 years (2015 to 2019)
Index Value
Average 235 patents
Std Dev 100
COV 0.4

Filing trends for the last 3 years
Year Cases YOY
2019 year 290 cases -28.22 %
2018 year 404 cases +109 %
2017 year 193 cases +38.8 %

This report provides the latest patent analysis information (the IP landscape, including a patent map) on the patent search results of the PCT patent database for INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES 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 INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES 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 INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION. The trends of patent filings of INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES 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 インターナショナル・ビジネス・マシーンズ・コーポレーション
US INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
EP INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
PCT INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION, Changes in the Number of PCT Patents/Patent Applications

The changes in the number of patent filings of INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION over the last 20 years (PCT) 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.

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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.

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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 INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES 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 INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES 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 3,965 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
PCT Publications
Patent Search Formula
Applicant / Patent Holder:
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
Patent Analysis Period
2011-01-01〜2021-11-30
Number of Objects
3,965 patents

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

Top coapplicant information (PCT)

The changes in the number of patents shared with INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION’s top coapplicants are shown below.

By searching for the top coapplicants, you can discover what companies INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES 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 INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION conducted joint research with in the past, and check the history of INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES 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, IBM UNITED KINGDOM LIMITED has the highest number of joint applications in the last in the last 3 years (2019 to 2021) with 773 cases, followed by IBM (CHINA) INVESTMENT COMPANY LIMITED with 300 cases.

Trends in filing of joint patent applications in the last 3 years (2019 to 2021).
Name Cases
IBM UNITED KINGDOM LIMITED 773 cases
IBM (CHINA) INVESTMENT COMPANY LIMITED 300 cases
IBM INVESTMENT COMPANY LIMITED 260 cases
IBM DEUTSCHLAND GMBH 177 cases

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

Among the top coapplicants, IBM UNITED KINGDOM LIMITED has the highest number of joint applications in the last for the target period (2011 to 2021) with 2,311 cases, followed by IBM (CHINA) INVESTMENT COMPANY LIMITED with 1,177 cases.

Trends in filing of joint patent applications for the target period (2011 to 2021).
Name Cases
IBM UNITED KINGDOM LIMITED 2,311 cases
IBM (CHINA) INVESTMENT COMPANY LIMITED 1,177 cases
IBM INVESTMENT COMPANY LIMITED 260 cases
IBM DEUTSCHLAND GMBH 247 cases
IBM (CHINA) CO LIMITED 214 cases
COMPAGNIE IBM FRANCE 6 cases

Top coapplicant, Change in the Number of PCT Patents

Below is a patent map showing the changes in the numbers of PCT patent filings by INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION’s top 6 coapplicants over the last 20 years.

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Top coapplicant Details (PCT)

Trends in filing of joint patent applications with IBM UNITED KINGDOM LIMITED

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION filed 2,311 joint applications with IBM UNITED KINGDOM LIMITED for the analysis period (2011 to 2021).

The mean of the number of filings over the last 5 years (2015 to 2019, 1,023 cases in total) is 205, and the median is 178. The coefficient of variation (standard deviation/mean) is 0.5, and there have been big fluctuations in the number of filings from year to year.

The company had their highest number of filings in 2018 with 366 cases, and their lowest number in 2014 with 94 cases.

Filing information for the last 5 years (2015 to 2019)
Index Value
Average 205 patents
Std Dev 98.0
COV 0.5
Filing trends for the last 3 years
Year Cases YOY
2019 year 260 cases -28.96 %
2018 year 366 cases +106 %
2017 year 178 cases +74.5 %

Trends in filing of joint patent applications with IBM (CHINA) INVESTMENT COMPANY LIMITED

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION filed 1,177 joint applications with IBM (CHINA) INVESTMENT COMPANY LIMITED for the analysis period (2011 to 2021).

The mean of the number of filings over the last 5 years (2015 to 2019, 734 cases in total) is 147, and the median is 131. The coefficient of variation (standard deviation/mean) is 0.7, and there have been relatively large fluctuations in the number of filings from year to year.

The company had their highest number of filings in 2018 with 326 cases, and their lowest number in 2011 with 0 cases.

Filing information for the last 5 years (2015 to 2019)
Index Value
Average 147 patents
Std Dev 97.5
COV 0.7
Filing trends for the last 3 years
Year Cases YOY
2019 year 151 cases -53.7 %
2018 year 326 cases +149 %
2017 year 131 cases +52.3 %

Trends in filing of joint patent applications with IBM DEUTSCHLAND GMBH

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION filed 247 joint applications with IBM DEUTSCHLAND GMBH for the analysis period (2011 to 2021).

The mean of the number of filings over the last 5 years (2015 to 2019, 72 cases in total) is 14.4, and the median is 6.0. The coefficient of variation (standard deviation/mean) is 0.8, and there have been relatively large fluctuations in the number of filings from year to year.

The number of filings has been increasing for the last 3 years (2017 to 2019). The company had their highest number of filings in 2019 with 29 cases, and their lowest number in 2011 with 0 cases.

Filing information for the last 5 years (2015 to 2019)
Index Value
Average 14.4 patents
Std Dev 11.5
COV 0.8
Filing trends for the last 3 years
Year Cases YOY
2019 year 29 cases +3.57 %
2018 year 28 cases +460 %
2017 year 5 cases +25.00 %

Trends in filing of joint patent applications with COMPAGNIE IBM FRANCE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION filed 6 joint applications with COMPAGNIE IBM FRANCE for the analysis period (2011 to 2021).

The mean of the number of filings over the last 10 years (2010 to 2019, 34 cases in total) is 3.4, and the median is 0. The coefficient of variation (standard deviation/mean) is 2.5, 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 2011 with 6 cases, and their lowest number in 2012 with 0 cases.

Filing information for the last 10 years (2010 to 2019)
Index Value
Average 3.4 patents
Std Dev 8.4
COV 2.5
Filing trends for the last 3 years
Year Cases YOY
2011 year 6 cases -78.6 %
2010 year 28 cases -

Trends in filing of joint patent applications with IBM INVESTMENT COMPANY LIMITED

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION filed 260 joint applications with IBM INVESTMENT COMPANY LIMITED for the analysis period (2011 to 2021).

The mean of the number of filings over the last 10 years (2010 to 2019, 0 cases in total) is 0, and the median is 0. The coefficient of variation (standard deviation/mean) is nan, and there have been small fluctuations in the number of filings from year to year.

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

Filing information for the last 10 years (2010 to 2019)
Index Value
Average 0 patents
Std Dev 0
COV nan
Filing trends for the last 3 years
Year Cases YOY
2019 year 0 cases -
2018 year 0 cases -
2017 year 0 cases -

Information on important patents (PCT)

The following shows PCT patents held by INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION that have had an invalidation trial against them demanded or an opposition filed against them by a third party, and INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION’s PCT 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 INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES 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.

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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), 623 patents/patent applications were cited more than once in the examination process of other patent applications. The mean of the number of cited is 3.4. The most cited patent is WO2013/136213 "(EN) SCALABLE VIRTUAL APPLIANCE CLOUD" (217 times) , and the next most cited patent is WO2016/012889 "(EN) DEPLOYMENT CRITERIA FOR UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES TO IMPROVE CELLULAR PHONE COMMUNICATIONS(FR) CRITÈRES DE DÉPLOIEMENT POUR AÉRONEFS SANS PILOTE DESTINÉS À AMÉLIORER DES COMMUNICATIONS PAR TÉLÉPHONE CELLULAIRE" (195 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 WO2013/136213 (EN) SCALABLE VIRTUAL APPLIANCE CLOUD 217 times
2 WO2016/012889 (EN) DEPLOYMENT CRITERIA FOR UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES TO IMPROVE CELLULAR PHONE COMMUNICATIONS(FR) CRITÈRES DE DÉPLOIEMENT POUR AÉRONEFS SANS PILOTE DESTINÉS À AMÉLIORER DES COMMUNICATIONS PAR TÉLÉPHONE CELLULAIRE 195 times
3 WO2014/042920 (EN) BRANCHED POLYAMINES FOR DELIVERY OF BIOLOGICALLY ACTIVE MATERIALS 49 times
4 WO2012/122196 (EN) A DECISION-SUPPORT APPLICATION AND SYSTEM FOR MEDICAL DIFFERENTIAL-DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT USING A QUESTION-ANSWERING SYSTEM 35 times
5 WO2014/115605 (EN) METHOD FOR PROPAGATING AUTHENTICATION STATE AMONG PLURALITY OF TERMINALS, AND SERVER AND COMPUTER PROGRAM THEREOF 33 times

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