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Leverage PitchBook’s global patent data to gain insight on companies’ IP and tech trends

With PitchBook’s newest feature, millions of verified patents from around the world are at our customers’ fingertips.

As more capital shifts into the private markets, the prominence of intellectual property in global finance is growing. Investors and companies need access to as many datasets as they can get in order to accurately calculate their next steps in a competitive, potentially lucrative space.

Patents are one of those important datasets—crucial for assessing a company’s value, discovering new tech trends and monitoring the competition. With PitchBook’s newest dataset, millions of verified patents from around the world are at our customers’ fingertips. Compared to publicly available information, PitchBook’s expansive patent data is unique. It’s accurate, and it’s able to be sorted, shared and acted on in an instant.


Better understand a company’s value

With access to information on a company’s intellectual property, PitchBook customers can more fully understand what a company does. IP details in hand, our users can quickly discern what technological advancements a company is invested in and thereby confirm what types of technologies are important to its leadership. This intelligence is critical for anyone hoping to accurately assess a company’s competitive positioning and forward-looking strategy.

In addition to providing a deeper level of company insight, PitchBook’s patent data saves our clients time—a resource that’s frequently in short supply. No more fruitless search engine queries that net shaky sources and unsubstantiated information. With PitchBook, relevant details on millions of global patents across thousands of company profiles are effortlessly accessible—all verified by the world’s major patent authorities and integrated into our platform through a partnership with IFI CLAIMS. Our patents dataset is easy to sort and filter, and documentation is just a click away.


Explore technology trends and companies operating in any space

When you’re in trend discovery mode, patent information can help you build a more robust understanding of any space and the technologies being invested in within it. How? By providing particulars on the actual mechanics that underpin each product or service. That level of specificity is only available in a patent.

PitchBook clients can use insights gleaned from patents to conduct research into a new space, as well as identify where they might be able to introduce an exclusive, patentable product or technology. Along with our Emerging Technology Research reports, Emerging Spaces feature and market size estimates functionality, the newly integrated patents information extends beyond financial data. These new toolsets make PitchBook the go-to resource for understanding new technologies and the broader context of the latest tech trends.


Monitor competitors and confidently infer their strategies

Gathering meaningful details on your competitors is a challenging task—yet doing so is extremely beneficial for any firm’s bottom line. Today, many teams rely on Google to surface information about competitors’ IP and potential next steps. This means considerable time, money and energy are being used to scroll through pages of results that may not be helpful or accurate.

With this new dataset, PitchBook is making it simpler than ever to find aggregated, reliable patent data that can be leveraged to infer your competitor’s next move. Just pull up a competitor’s company profile in the platform and instantly view all of their active, pending and expired patents. Download the list to an Excel spreadsheet—or better yet, share it with other PitchBook users on your team using our collaborative Workspaces feature. When you need to present the intel you’ve uncovered, you can do so with full confidence in the accuracy of what you’re putting forward.


Patents FAQ

What are patents?
According to the US Patent and Trademark Office, patents are property rights granted by the US government to an inventor to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale or selling the invention throughout the US or importing the invention into the US for a limited time. Patents are issued in exchange for public disclosure of the invention when the patent is granted.

How can I tell if a patent is valuable?
A patent is only valuable if it is licensed, vetted and valued by others. Citations are a good indicator of value. If your technology is derivative to a previously filed technology, the patent officer will cite the previous patent. More citations means more a valuable, foundational technology, and that data is available in a sortable format in our platform. You can see related companies for potential acquirers or competition, as well.

Can large companies buy patents or companies with patents and then assume those patents?
Yes, there are a number of ways patent ownership can change hands.

How can patents be used in aggregate to understand technology trends?
Utilize CPC codes and keywords to search for patents in aggregate within the platform’s Companies & Deals page. Additional topics and themes from the patent descriptions—outside of the CPC code—will be available for layering onto your searches.

What’s the lag time between when a patent is issued and when it becomes available in the PitchBook Platform?
PitchBook has pending patents in its platform. It takes two years between filing a patent and having that patent granted by the US Patent and Trademark Office, as there are many checks and challenges during the system’s “patent pending” process.

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