Licensing professionals are a rapidly emerging group of clients for SPA services. SPA provides support services in detecting potential infringements, identifying in-licensing or out-licensing companies / technologies and decision-making related to portfolio maintenance activities

Evidence of use analysis

Evidence of use analysis / Patent – Product matching is frequently conducted to detect potential infringements or to identify potential licensing opportunities...

In-licensing target identification

SPA’s clients who are involved in Open Innovation activities are frequently in search for promising technologies with a strong application potential...

Out-licensing target identification

Out-licensing target identification requires an in-depth understanding of a patent’s technical strength (vis-a-vis the next best alternative) along with an understanding of market needs...

Technology differentiation analysis

Out-licensing groups need to understand the quality of a patent portfolio that they intend to out-license. SPA analysts, using their technical backgrounds...







Evidence of use analysis

Evidence of use analysis / Patent – Product matching is frequently conducted to detect potential infringements or to identify potential licensing opportunities. SPA analysts have conducted many studies where they have obtained key patents, dissected them into various claim elements and then identified specific products in the patent that use various aspects of the claim elements. The studies are presented in a concise, user-friendly manner so that clients can quickly understand the findings and make a decision in further steps.


Key Deliverables :

  • Outline distinct technical elements of patents under investigation
  • Search and identify products related to the technical elements
  • Analyse and compare technical elements of the patents with product features
  • User friendly and visually intuitive format of the report enables quick assimilation




Out-licensing target identification

Out-licensing target identification requires an in-depth understanding of a patent’s technical strength (vis-a-vis the next best alternative) along with an understanding of market needs. SPA’s analysts identify potential candidates based on technology differentiation studies and then work closely with in-market specialists in U.S., Japan and Europe to identify high potential targets. SPA’s deliverables involve not only identifying targets, but also approaching the right contacts and facilitating initial meetings. SPA’s network also has individuals with extensive licensing experience who can aid in the licensing negotiations.


Key Deliverables :

  • Identify companies from various searches
  • Analyse technology and product portfolio, strengths and weaknesses of each company
  • Identify potential licensing partners based on the technology synergies of both entities
  • Facilitate initial meetings or discussions with potential collaborators




In-licensing target identification

SPA’s clients who are involved in Open Innovation activities are frequently in search for promising technologies with a strong application potential. SPA has conducted many patent and technology landscaping studies where it has helped identify specific companies and inventors with promising technologies. Such studies also involve an evaluation of the quality of the target’s patent portfolio, life-cycle stages of the various technologies, and a legal status review of the patent portfolio.


Key Deliverables :

  • Conduct multiple searches to identify patents of interest
  • Review claims to assess validity and enforceability
  • Assess commercial potential of relevant patents
  • Propose multiple options for patent acquisition or in-licensing




Technology differentiation analysis

Out-licensing groups need to understand the quality of a patent portfolio that they intend to out-license. SPA analysts, using their technical backgrounds, conduct in-depth technology searches to identify the closest competing technologies and then use that information to identify specific differentiating features of the client's technology. Such reports are used by the clients in either potential target identification and / or in developing a focused sales pitch for the technology targeting specific customers.


Key Deliverables :

  • Prepare a customized report that provides answers to specific client questions
  • Identify the closest competing technologies and
  • Identify specific differentiating features of the client technology
  • Summarize technology strengths, weaknesses, and emerging areas