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Patent Landscape Reports

Patent landscape reports (PLRs) provide a snap-shot 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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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. 

PLR Guidelines

WIPO's Guidelines for Preparing Patent Landscape Reports (PLRs) PDF, Guidelines for Preparing Patent Landscape Reports (PLRs) are designed both for general users of patent information, as well as for those involved in producing PLRs. The Guidelines provide step-by-step instructions on how to prepare a PLR, as well as background information such as objectives, patent analytics, concepts, frameworks, etc.

Reports by other organizations 

Use our list to find patent landscape reports on various topics, published by other international and national organizations or private sector entities. These reports are either freely available or can be obtained upon request (either free of charge or for a fee).

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