IP and Networks Technology Cluster Overview:
- Includes 741 patent families, comprising 1352 total issued assets (including 450 active issued US patents, 2 pending US applications, 215 active foreign counterparts (EP, MX, GB, IN, FR, AU, IT, JP, RU, CN, DE, KR, ES))
- Earliest filing: 1998-01-02
- Average lifespan: 6.8 years
- Covers IP and protocols including Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS), IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS), Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), Voice over IP (VoIP), and other network protocols
- Addresses traffic management, including load, flow and traffic control, scheduling, timing and synchronization
- Also addresses network and service management, provisioning, monitoring and testing
- Covers core networks, metro Ethernet, software defined networking (SDN), and asynchronous transfer mode (ATM)
Claims for assets in the IP and Networks cluster cover a wide variety of technology areas, including network manangement, communications networks in general, data packet processing and transmission, internet protocols, and various areas of traffic flow management, including load balancing and congestion control.
Forward citations for the IP and Networks cluster are shown on the chart.
Again, the litigation and general USPTO forward citation reference lines are low relative to the citation of IP and Networks cluster assets more from approximately 8 years since publication and earlier. Such high numbers of older citations demonstrate the fundamental and reference nature of the assets in this cluster.