Minneapolis patent attorney Mark Stignani defines IP registration density.
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When we talk about our radar chart showing IP risk we like to talk about things in density, so let’s start off with IP registration density. What is it? IP registration density is really a calculation of how profusely you are registering your own IP in comparison to a market sample or a designated market of IP registrations. And you can calculate this for trademarks, copyrights, and patents. In many cases we’ll just call it – pick one of those and quantify it for, say, for instance, patents. So if I am Company X and I file 35 patents in a particular area and the rest of my marketplace files 170 patents then it’s simply a ratio of that 35 of 170 and is expressed as a percentage.