IP Benchmark Metrics

Intellectual Property Performance Metrics

“Numbers serve to discipline rhetoric. Without them it is too easy to follow flights of fancy, to ignore the world as it is and to remold it nearer the heart’s desire.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Patenting Activities

  • Invention Disclosures per Inventor
  • Patent Applications (Originals) per Inventor
  • R&D Expenses as a % of Revenue
  • Invention Disclosures per R&D investment ($1 Million)
  • Patent Efficiency (# of patents (original)* filed per R&D investment ($1 Million)
  • Revenue per Patent Application
  • R&D Investment per Patent Application

Intellectual Property Department Staffing Metrics

  • Original/Priority Patent Filings per Patent Attorney
  • U.S. Patent Filings (Non-provisional and provisional) per Patent Attorney
  • All Patent Filings (non-provisional U.S. and Intl, provisional and perfected) per Patent Attorney
  • Invention Disclosures per Patent Attorney
  • Pending Matters per Patent Attorney
  • Patent Matters per Patent Attorney
  • Development Project per Patent Attorney
  • Total Number of Worldwide Patents Held (Including foreign equivalents) per Patent Attorney
  • Total Number of Worldwide Pending Applications (Including foreign equivalents) per Patent Attorney
  • Number of patent families per Patent Attorney
  • R&D Investment ($Millions) per Patent Attorney
  • Revenue ($Millions) per Patent Attorney
  • Ratio of Staff to Attorneys
  • Total number of Staff and Attorneys in IP Law Department

R&D Metrics

  • R&D Investment ($Millions) spent per Invention Disclosure
  • R&D Investment ($Millions) spent per Patent Application
  • Inventions per Capita
  • Patent Operation Expenses as a % of R&D Investment

Intellectual Law Department Budget Metrics

  • IP Expenses as Percentage of Revenue
  • IP Expenses as Percentage of R&D Investment
  • Patent Expenses as Percentage of Revenue
  • Patent Expenses as Percentage of R&D Investment

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