Gap Analysis

Harrity Analytics provides companies, law firms, and universities with reports and dashboards that give you the ability to visualize patent portfolios side by side based on technology classifications.  Clients use these gap analysis reports for competitive benchmarking, whitespace analysis, portfolio management, strategic filing decisions, litigation analysis, licensing analysis, and more. 

Example Gap Analyses

Microsoft vs. Nuance in Speech Recognition Technology 

Microsoft is buying Nuance Communications for nearly $20 billion dollars, making this “Microsoft’s second-biggest acquisition since buying Linkedin“. A quick look at the US patents issued since 2015 in the Speech Analysis space shows a significant overlap in the two companies’ portfolios, with Microsoft having a stronger imprint in AI and neural network, as well as, meaning understanding. 


Amazon vs. Uber in Autonomous Vehicle Technology

Autonomous vehicle technology goes back a few decades, but that isn’t stopping Amazonand Uber from both heavily patenting in this technology area. There is some overlap in their recent patenting, but also some distinct areas of difference.

IBM vs. Microsoft in Natural Language Processing Technology

Natural Language Processing is such an interesting area in legal tech and an area of heavy patenting by IBM and Microsoft. Below is the list of the companies that obtained the most US patents in handling natural language data since 2017. In the gap analysis on the right, we can see the differing areas where each company is patenting. Not surprising to see Microsoft with more in NLP of spreadsheets.

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