Classification of Technologies

Another way to classify patents is based on the classifications of technologies that they protect. In the “Classification of Technologies” figure, developed by Neste, the patents are first separated by whether or not they cover existing or pre-commercial products. Then they are further divided by what the ownership arrangement is for the patent, and subsequently the stage of commercial exploitation in Neste’s business units. These segmentations allow a team of subject matter experts to more quickly categorize what form of commercial exploitation will be used through IP technology transfer.