PATENT DATABASES AND ANALYTICAL TOOLS FOR SURFACE MOUNT TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
Authors: William N. Hulsey, III, and John R. Schell Company: Hughes & Luce, L.L.P. Date Published: 6/11/2002
Advanced Technology Symposium
Abstract: Patents have become an important measure of innovation among technology companies. Patents may affect the market value of a company in term of stock valuation or acquisition value. However, they may serve as another purpose. Patents may be used to direct research efforts. The patent portfolio of competitors may indicate the direction of their research focus. In addition, following the publication of patents may provide a means of visualizing the direction of industrial research. Briefly, new online tools may be used to develop a patent strategy and provide guidance in the development of a research program. These tools are demonstrated using surface mounting technology examples.