Social Media and networking websites have affected the life of people in one way or the other. Simply put, we are all hooked by these websites. We at Dolcera thought that it may be interesting to make a preliminary research on the social media to find their nexus with the patenting fraternity. This blog post is mainly to share the preliminary research with our readers.
The following graph shows the IP activity over the last few years. There is certainly an upward trend since 2004 however, the year 2008 & 2009 IP activity could be marred by the Bilski repercussions on the business method patents among other reasons. It is also to be noted that 2009 data is not up to date owing to the data unavailability.
The following graph shows the IPC classes that were taken into the consideration while doing the search.
The following graph shows the patent assignee information in this field.
Note: The patent counts for some of the prominent social media websites are Facebook(48) and Myspace & Technorati with just less than 20 each.
Finally, I would like to thank my colleagues Harit Mohan & Samir Raiyani for their help in this exercise.