Patent Landscape Reports

Patent landscape reports (PLRs) provide a snapshot of the patent situation of a specific technology, either within a given country or region, or globally. They 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.

A PLR begins 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 or of innovation. The results are presented visually to assist understanding and  conclusions or recommendations based on the empirical evidence are provided.

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WIPO's patent landscape reports

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 the environment. 

WIPO patent landscape reports in pictures

PLR guidelines

Guidelines for Preparing Patent Landscape Reports

Step-by-step instructions on how to prepare a PLR, as well as background information such as objectives, patent analytics, concepts, frameworks, etc.

Open Source Analytics Manual

The WIPO Manual on Open Source Tools for Patent Analytics provides information and step-by-step guidance for conducting various patent analysis tasks using a selection of open source tools.