One of the major challenges when licensing, transacting or managing SEPs is that there is no public database that provides information about verified Standard Essential Patents (SEPs). Standard setting organization such as ETSI, IEEE, ISO, IEC or ITUT provide databases of so called self-declared patents. In course of the FRAND commitment the patent owners are obliged to declare all patents potentially essential for a given standard. Patent owners must not provide any evidence whether the self-declared patents are essential. Also, the standard setting organizations do not provide any essentiality checks and there is no third-party evaluator that conducts claim charting. SEP declaration databases have the purpose to ensure the FRAND obligation and are not maintained to provide an accurate landscape of verified SEPs. However, to estimate the number of SEPs a company owns in course of licensing negotiations, patent acquisitions or litigation of SEPs, the question about which patents are really essential and which are not, is one of the most debated when negotiating portfolio value, royalties or infringement claims.

While the licensing of SEPs looks set to become a major challenge across all industries subject to connectivity, the question of how to valuate SEPs has yet not been solved. This webinar investigates different SEP valuation methods by cross correlating patent declaration data with standard documents and sections, standard contributions and a sample data set of 1,000 manually mapped 5G patents. This webinar presents an AI based prediction model called IPlytics PES – Patent Essentiality Score:

IPlytics PES Patent Essentiality Score:

  • IPlytics prediction model (PES) scores patents as to their likelihood of being standard essential.
  • A semantic LSI model is trained to compare independent claims and standard sections.
  • 7 correlation features are incorporated.
  • The model uses firm fixed effects to consider company specific differences.
  • The model is trained making use of verified SEP training data from expert claim charts.

Use Cases:

  • The IPlytics PES is used by patent portfolio managers to valuate their own portfolio in comparison to competitor portfolios with regards to essential assets.
  • The IPlytics PES is used by patent licensing managers to understand the value and relevance of a patent portfolio with regards to standards.
  • The IPlytics PES is used by patent transaction mangers to identify and valuate SEP portfolios for patent acquisition purposes – to understand what can be commercialized and what rather not.
  • The IPlytics PES is used by legal experts to valuate a potential SEP portfolio share in course of a top-down analysis – to calculate the numerator and denominator.

Agnostic Application:

  • The IPlytics PES is trained for cellular standards (3G, 4G and 5G), wireless standards (Wi-Fi) and video compression (HEVC, VVC) standards.
  • The analysis of a given portfolio of assets can be valuated against any of these standards agnostically.
  • PES ranks and scores single patents as well as whole portfolios.
  • PES provides claim section scores which allows further manual analysis by patent attorneys and experts.

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