F3 Analysis

F3 Analysis is an award-winning solution from Sagacious IP for Patent Portfolio Optimization.

Effective patent portfolio management is the key to leveraging inventions to increase business value. Patent portfolios are normally full of high-value patents which help companies to unlock a new revenue stream and establish themselves as market leaders.

The F3 Analysis model helps companies categorize their patents into three major categories:

  1. Fundamental Patents (applicable to their current products or infringed by competitors).
  2. Future Patents (patents that may find application in their or competitors’ upcoming products).
  3.  Fringe Patents (Irrelevant to their or competitors’ products but potentially revenue generating/ saving assets).

The concept of F3 Analysis originated with the intention of maximizing value from the patent portfolio of an organization. The patent portfolio analyzed using this Analysis can provide various benefits for the organization’s business. It helps an organization to gain insights into its patent portfolio by giving an accurate picture of its invaluable, prospective, and dispensable patent assets. This helps the organization to make the decisions regarding the patents worth maintaining, the ones meant to be sold out or out licensed and the ones to be dispensed. Timely analysis of patent portfolios provided by F3 Analysis can provide huge value to businesses. The F3 Analysis model is currently deployed in U.S., European, Japanese, Korean, and Chinese companies with over 100,000 patents across the globe.

The basic methodology for F3 Analysis :

Once a patent is categorized as Fundamental, Future, or Fringe you can choose a corresponding action in order to generate value out of those patents, and also give an indication of the strength of the patent portfolio. Generally, more the number of fundamental patents, stronger would be the patent portfolio.

A patent categorized as Fundamental Patent would help in:

  1. Cross Licensing Negotiation
  2. Litigation Readiness

A patent categorized as Future Patent would help in:

  1. Making more Fundamental Patents by exercising a Directed Prosecution
  2. If the features covered by Future Patents are not currently available in the market, the set would help to protect your inventions from Day 1, by constraining your competitors from adding any similar features

A patent categorized as Fringe Patent would help in:

  1. Generating money by selling these patents as part of a package
  2. Saving money in terms of maintenance fees by abandoning the unsold ones.

See other pages for details:

  1. Fundamental Patents
  2. Future Patents
  3. Fringe Patents

– Arshjot Gill, Manager – ICT Licensing and Rachita Goel, Asst. Manager – ICT Licensing

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F3 Analysis – Fringe Patents

F3 Analysis – Fundamental Patents

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