Within the European Patent applications Germany is No 2 after the United States and even before China and Japan. Inside Europe Germany is the undefeated No 1, German inventors seem to be very creative within international comparison1 . According to this fact it is expected that the biggest German companies also have the most valuable patents in their certain industry. In order to verify this, the big blue chips companies of the German prime Standard DAX have been analysed. They are supposed to be premium brands, market leaders and/or technology leaders. An analysis of their patent portfolio values of the DAX companies having a technology or natural science focus shows their position from a p
Today, the major part of the value of a company - on average over 80% - consists of intangible assets. Patents are among the "most tangibles among the intangibles": they can be borrowed, sold, licensed, for example. Companies use them to protect innovations from imitation and as a strategic instrument to keep competitors out of the market or to ensure a strategic balance of power.
Accordingly, patents also allow a deep insight into the R&D activities of companies and reveal much about the planned future and potential capabilities. However, this requires a quality measurement or, even better, a value assessment in order to obtain reliable information. The sustainability efforts of companies can also be supported, substantiated or questioned with patent value analyses.
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