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IFI Provides Insights on Patent Landscape Surrounding ’Wonder Material’ Graphene

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Analysis shows patent activity for Graphene grew 300 percent since 2010

IFI CLAIMS® Patent Services, the leading producer of global patent databases, analytic solutions and innovative web services, today released an analysis of the current patent landscape for graphene, a super-thin material with promising applications from smartphones to computer chips. Invented in 2004, graphene is generating a lot of attention lately in technology circles and, according to the report's author Elicet Cruz of IFI's partner Iale Tecnologia S.L., global patents associated with it have more than tripled since 2010.

Graphene is one of the thinnest, if not thinnest, known substances in the world and is also renown for its flexibility, strength and conductivity. As a result, there is a race for patents as companies look to it as the basis for a new generation of products. Invented by two Russian-born researchers in 2004, graphene patents have been accumulating since 2002, and according to IFI data, more than 57 percent of the 12,878 total patents were generated in the past 24 months.

Further analysis reveals that the largest filers are universities and government laboratories in the U.S., China, Japan and Korea. U.S. universities have accrued more than 1,000 global patent and patent applications. The leading schools are Rice (195), the University of California system (119) and MIT (97). Chinese universities also have more than 1,000 global patent applications and grants including Zhejiang University with 91 and Nanjing University with 74. In Korea, Sungkyunkwan University has 102.

Among large corporations, Samsung leads with 413, IBM with 221, Cannon with 122, BASF with 112 and General Electric with 87. Other unexpected leaders are flash-memory maker Sandisk with 235, and graphite maker Graftech with 232.

Access to the full Graphene blog posting is available on the company's website at

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About IFI CLAIMS Patent Services/Fairview Research

IFI CLAIMS Patent Services, a division of Fairview Research, is the preeminent producer of value-added patent databases, the innovative CLAIMS DIRECT web service, and provider of the KMX Patent Analytics solution. From the most rigorous U.S. assignee name standardization process in the industry, to continual class code updates, and comprehensive indexing for chemical patents - IFI has built a solid reputation as a leader in patent databases. Fairview Research (Madison, Conn., and Barcelona, Spain) is a provider of data-enrichment technology and services for information retrieval and analysis. Founded in 2006, the company is skilled at making large-scale scientific and technical databases more searchable and helping to lower the cost of specialized research. For more information, visit

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