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IEEE Spectrum: The Score of the IP Game

The number for 2006 U.S. Patents is a proxy for relative patent prowess ­worldwide. The Pipeline Power score is derived by multiplying the company’s patent count by the product of four other variables. Pipeline Growth (not shown here) ­represents the firm’s 2006 patent activity, relative to its average performance in the five ­previous years. For the other three variables, a score above 1.00 indicates that the company performed better than average in its technology class; below 1.00 ­indicates worse than average performance. Pipeline Impact indicates how frequently all 2006 patents cited a company’s patents from the previous five years. Pipeline Generality is a measure of the variety of technologies drawing on a company’s patents. Pipeline Originality measures the variety of the ­technologies upon which an organization’s patents build. Adjusted Pipeline Impact eliminates self-citation. The final score, Adjusted Pipeline Power, is an estimate of a ­company’s overall patent power. For the complete data, which include all of the top 20 companies in each category, as well as the Pipeline Growth and percentage of self-citation numbers, see


At November 6, 2007 at 2:29 PM Doubting Thomas said...

Ben, Why are we not seeing insider buying and in fact, insider selling? You keep painting a rosy picture and a bright future. Generally the talk is backed by money -- if it's not just talk.

At November 6, 2007 at 5:35 PM TPS115 said...


Instead of combining the RGB light sources into a single beam for the PicoP, why not keep them separate and save the space/cost of the combining optics? Each color light source to the MEMS mirror would have to be slightly offset, but it would seem to be relatively simple to electronically adjust the phase of each color input to account for the slight offset in incident angle.


At November 7, 2007 at 7:00 AM Anonymous said...

ar glasses with brain-wave reader (like neurosky reader) is the future. Try to put these two things in one device.



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