Transactions in the Secondary Market

Improving patent quality of course requires monitoring litigation, but also includes tracking transactions in the secondary market. As part of our ongoing activities Unified tracks sales in important technology areas and publishes consolidated data to improve market transparency.  Members receive more detailed reports through our portal linked here portal.unifiedpatents.com .

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Transaction data provided by Richardson Oliver Law Group

zone overview - 2016 Q1-q4

Zone Total Tracked Assets New Tracked Assets Total Sold Assets Unique Litigations Post Listing % NPE Litigations
Cloud Storage 2093 236 505 34 85%
Content Delivery 4589 643 1059 151 87%
Electronic Transactions 1922 359 144 88 35%
Internet of Things 964 423 0 0 0%
Mobile 4133 421 1529 139 89%
Automotive 3570 493 344 9 0%
eRetail 357 219 0 0 0%

Mobile may be the highest risk zone for future NPE activity with 4,133 assets sold in Q1-Q4 2016 and 139 new unique patent cases post-listing. 


patent transaction report

Top 10 BuyersAll AssetsUS IssuedPackages
Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. 166 42 1
Ip3, Series 100 Of Allied Security Trust I. 153 124 4
Rpx Corporation 113 78 7
Intellectual Ventures 91 84 2
Syndefense Corp 44 21 1
Hwang, Cheol-Seong 15 6 1
Hypermedia Navigation Llc 12 12 1
Opentv, Inc. 9 5 2
Eder, Jeffrey 8 6 1
Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. 5 4 1
Top 10 SellersAll AssetsUS IssuedPackages
Mitsubishi 166 42 1
HP Enterprises 150 72 3
Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd. 65 65 1
Adaptive Computing Enterprises, Inc. 64 57 1
Equispan 44 21 1
Huawei 44 10 5
Panasonic 27 27 1
Seoul National University Research & Business Foundation 15 6 1
Techquity Capital Management 12 12 1
Asset Reliance, IncC 8 6 1

IP3, a patent purchasing cooperative run by Allied Security Trust (AST), was the largest purchaser of US issued patents in Q4 2016 while Murata Manufacturing was the largest purchaser overall.