Patent landscape reports provide a snap-shot of the patent situation of a specific technology, either within a given country or region, or globally.
They start with a state-of-the-art search for the relevant technology in selected patent databases. The search results are then analyzed to answer specific questions about, for example, patterns of patenting activity (- who's doing what? what is filed where?) or patterns of innovation (innovation trends, diverse solutions for a technical problem, collaborations). The results are presented visually to assist understanding, as well as conclusions or recommendations based on the empirical evidence provided.
Under the Development Agenda project "Developing Tools for Access to Patent Information" WIPO is mandated to produce patent landscape reports in areas of particular interest to developing and least developed countries, such as public health, food security, climate change and environment.
Use our list to find patent landscape reports on various topics published by other international and national organizations or private sector entities, that are freely available or can be obtained upon request, either free of charge or for a fee.
What are patent landscape reports used for?
Patent landscapes can inform policy discussions, strategic research planning or technology transfer. They may also be used to analyze the validity of patents based on data about their legal status. As such they can, for example, form the basis of a freedom to operate analysis.