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Figure 1: 1675 PTAB petitions were filed in 2014, more than double the petitions filed in 2013.
Figure 2: Over half (55%) of PTAB petitions in 2014 were filed against NPEs.
Figure 3: 85% of 2014 PTAB petitions were filed by companies with revenues of more then $200 million.
Figure 4: 66% of 2014 PTAB petitions were High Tech related.
Figure 5: 84% of 2014 PTAB petitions against NPEs were in the High Tech sector.
Figure 6: 72% of 2014 PTAB petitions filed against NPEs were against Patent Assertion Entities.
Figure 7: IPRs were 90% of all 2014 PTAB petitions.
Figure 8: Top 5 PTAB Petitioners in 2014
Figure 9: Top 5 Patent Owners Petitioned against in 2014
High-Tech = Software, Hardware, Networking, etc.
Medical = Pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices, Health Related Technologies, etc…
Other = Mechanical, Packaged Good, Sporting Equipment, etc…
Non Practicing Entity (NPE) = Company which derives the majority of its total revenue from Patent Licensing activities.
Operating Company or Op. Co. = Company which derives most of its total revenue from Product Sales or Services. Could be an SME or a large company.
Other Entity = Universities / Non-Profits / Government / Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)
NPE (Patent Assertion Entities) = Entity whose primary activity is licensing patents and acquired most of its patents from another entity
NPE (Small Company) = Entity whose original activity was providing products and services, but now is primarily focused on monetizing its own patent portfolio.
NPE (Individual) = Entity owned of controlled by an individual inventor who is primarily focused on monetizing inventions patents by that individual inventor.
SME = Companies that make less than $200 million in annual revenue.
Independent = Entities not prone to patent infringement suits, for example non-profits or companies like Unified Patents.
PTAB Post Grant Reviews:
IPR = Inter Partes Review
CBM= Covered Business Method
PGR = Post Grant Review
Total number of reported petitions can vary. Unified made its best attempt to eliminate mistaken or duplicative filings.
Unified strives to accurately identify NPEs through all available means, such as court filings, public documents, and product documentation.
Unified strives to determine an SME's revenue through all available means, such as court filings, public documents, and product documentation.