A new study reports that U.S. companies trimmed their foreign patent filings in 2010, and they also changed the countries in which they typically file.
inovia LLC, a provider of foreign patent filing platforms, recently published 2011 Global Patent & IP Trends Indicator. The report describes a survey of 150 companies, in which the companies were asked several questions about foreign filing strategies, including how many foreign patents they filed, and what countries they preferred for filing.
The report indicates that in 2010 U.S. companies filed patents in fewer countries than they did in 2009. They also altered the countries in which they filed, with increased filings in South Korea and China, but decreased filings in Japan and India.
The report also discusses corporate IP budget trends and workflow changes. The full report is available on the inovia website.