Measuring Innovation: ipIQ Releases the 2006 Patent Scorecard

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ipIQ measures innovation in its annual round-up of corporations ranked by its proprietary quality-based indicators. The industry-by-industry ranking tracks patent quality, technical power, and breadth of impact for the year ending December 31, 2005.

RIM vs. NTP, increasing international IP attention, and Microsoft’s 5000th patent milestone are all recent events confirming the importance of patent-based intellectual property. This trend is very clear: patent-based IP continues to be a driving force in determining not only corporate, but regional and national economic success. In this release, ipIQ looks at the corporate component with the final release of the 2006 Patent Scorecard.

In its annual round-up of corporate rankings, ipIQ measures innovation utilizing its patent quality-based indicators. These industry-by-industry rankings, which have been compiled annually since 1982, have been published in Business Week, the MIT Technology Review and referenced in articles in such publications as the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune and International Herald Tribune.

“The Patent Scorecard is our public commitment to linking patent-based technology to business value through our evolving data, metrics, and analytics” says Jim Finnegan, vice president, business development. “Our clients take advantage of this insight to support their IP decision making. Look for several additions to the Patent Scorecard in the near future, including the reintroduction of the Government, University, and Research Institution Scorecard as well as a perspective on the top 100 new economy companies such as Google, Yahoo, and eBay.”

Utilizing thirty years of patent analytics experience, ipIQ takes a look at patent quality, technical power and breadth of impact to identify the patent leaders in 15 industries. A summary of the leaders include:

Aerospace & Defense – (1) Honeywell, (2) Boeing, (3) Lockheed Martin

Automotive & Transportation – (1) Denso, (2) Delphi Automotive Systems, (3) Honda

Biotechnology – (1) Applera, (2) Affymetrix, (3) Monsanto

Chemicals – (1) DuPont, (2) Rohm and Haas, (3) BASF

Consumer Electronics – (1) Canon, (2) Samsung, (3) Matsushita Electric Industrial

Consumer Products – (1) General Electric, (2) Fuji Photo Film, (3) Eastman Kodak

Electronics & Instruments – (1) Agilent Technologies, (2) Xerox, (3) Hon Hai Precision

Energy & Environmental – (1) Royal Dutch Shell, (2) Halliburton, (3) Schlumberger

Food, Beverages, & Tobacco (1) Nestle, (2) Altria, (3) Monsanto

Industrial Equipment & Materials – (1) General Electric, (2) Mitsubishi Electric, (3)3M

Information Technology – (1) IBM, (2) Hitachi, (3) Hewlett-Packard

Medical Devices – (1) Medtronic, (2) Boston Scientific, (3) Johnson & Johnson

Pharmaceuticals – (1) Johnson & Johnson, (2) Pfizer, (3)    Bayer

Semiconductors – (1) Micron Technology, (2) Intel, (3) Hitachi

Telecommunications – (1) Cisco Systems, (2) Siemens, (3) Nortel

Full Industry Scorecards (downloadable at include the top 10 leaders in each industry ranked by ipIQ’s Technology Strength™, significant movers, and newcomers to the industry. Additional metrics listed are Science Linkage™, Current Impact Index™, and Technology Cycle Time™.


Jude Reter; Managing Director

Telephone: 312.205.7037

About ipIQ

ipIQ focuses on advancing patent-based Intellectual Property as a measurable financial asset and tightly integrates Intellectual Property into the corporate decision making process. With over 30 years of experience and hundreds of published research reports, ipIQ maximizes the value of Intellectual Property using proprietary tools, data and indicators.

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