Privately held Sunnyvale, CA-based, Intertrust Technologies, a digital rights management company, holds the world’s most valuable patent according to research conducted by defensive patent aggregator Unified Patents.
“Systems for Methods for Secure Transaction Management and Electronica Rights Protection,” received a PVIX score of 100.00. Apple Inc’s “Multipoint Touchscreen,” the number two valued patent, generated a 98.85.
Other players in the top ten, as reported by IAM, are Mitsubishi Electric/Rohm, Level 3 Communications, Canon/Japan Science Technology Agency and Monsanto. No pharmaceutical patents made the list.
Unified’s PVIX is been designed to measure the value of a patent portfolio and takes into account three factors: family, market and reputation.
“It is my understanding that pharmaceutical patent families are frequently among the most valuable intellectual properties,” a USPTO patent examiner told Quora. “[They protect] millions of dollars of sales every day for popular and pricey medicines.
Intertrust Technologies Corporation is a software technology company that specializes in distributed computing. Much of Intertrust’s digital rights management (DRM) business is based on the Marlin DRM technology, which Intertrust founded along with four consumer electronics companies: Sony, Panasonic, Philips and Samsung. Sony and Philips are believed to retain an equity interest.
Intertrust provides computing products and services to leading corporations – from mobile, CE and IoT manufacturers, to service providers and enterprise software platform companies. These products include the world’s leading digital rights management (DRM), software tamper resistance, and technologies to enable private data exchanges for various verticals including energy, entertainment, retail/marketing, automotive, fintech, and IoT.
In March, 2013, Intertrust filed a patent suit against Apple Inc. Apple settled out of court in April 2014 for undisclosed terms. Previously, Microsoft had ended a long standing dispute with Intertrust in 2004 for $440 million.
In April 2017 the company launched with Google the PatentShield program. Intertrust says, “the PatentShield program provides start-ups with the access to a collection of large patent portfolios needed to counter a predatory patent infringement suit from an incumbent.”
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