Patent Number: 7,711,649

Title: Methodologies and analytics tools for identifying potential licensee markets

Abstract: A method is disclosed for use with at least one initial document describing a technical concept suitable for licensing, the method comprising: retrieving a set of intellectual property documents from a data warehouse; partitioning the set of intellectual property documents into a plurality of document categories; classifying the set of intellectual property documents by an industry parameter; constructing a contingency table that includes a listing of industry classifications for each of the document categories, and identifying documents within a particular one of the document categories that have different industry classifications so as to identify at least one potential new licensee industry of the technical concept described in the initial document.

Inventors: Boyer; Stephen Kane (San Jose, CA), Chen; Ying (San Jose, CA), Kreulen; Jeffrey Thomas (San Jose, CA), Rhodes; James J. (Los Gatos, CA), Spangler; William Scott (San Martin, CA)

Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation

International Classification: G06F 21/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 5/04/12018