What are my core and
non-core patents?

Make informed decisions on which patents to keep 
and how to extract value from non-core patents

Separating Core from Non-Core Patents is a Critical Part of Your Intellectual Property (IP) Strategy

Maintenance fees can add up quickly – particularly on large portfolios – and are a justification for systematically taking stock and potentially abandoning any patents. Chipworks can help:

  • Make alternative strategy decisions for non-core patents
  • Identify your star patents that protect your present and future business areas
  • Identify patents that are surplus to your core strategy, potentially costing you unnecessary maintenance fees today
  • Find the surplus patents that may have greater value to someone else

Identifying non-core patents may also lead to attractive opportunities for generating new revenues. While a patent may have little to no value in your portfolio, it may be very valuable to another owner; patent value is always situational and context is everything. Let’s find out.

The Chipworks Approach

To separate core patents from non-core, we define sorting criteria tailored to your IP strategy and goals. We use a number of corporate inputs and specifically designed tools leveraged by our broad market, technical, and patent knowledge. This enables us to:

  • Create a strategic framework to help rationalize patents against your current and future IP and/or business goals
  • Efficiently separate core from non-core patents to ensure your portfolio is fully aligned with your strategy
  • Provide options and strategies from non-core patents
"Chipworks did great work for us. I would not hesitate to work with them again."

Litigation Partner, Global Law Firm

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Our Patent Intelligence solutions are always tailored to your IP needs. Schedule a confidential call with a patent and technology specialist to see how we can help.

Leverage Depth and Breadth of Experience

 A critical advantage that Chipworks brings is history and experience. Simply put, we have read thousands of patents and are experts at matching patents to products – critical to helping you rationalize your portfolio while identifying realistic monetization options for non-core patents.

The depth and breadth of our ongoing analysis enables us to achieve hard-to-match efficiencies that often reduce the cost of our IP solutions, while saving time.

Sophisticated In-House Capabilities Ensure Responsive Solutions Tailored to Your IP Needs

Our Competitive Landscape solution is enabled by one of the most advanced in-house technical analysis laboratory facilities in the world. We have invested millions of dollars in state-of-the-art equipment to ensure our specialized engineering teams can:


Analyze structures and materials (right down to the atomic level), circuit layouts and schematics


Deliver world-class analysis in systems and software - specifically as they apply to mobile handsets, infrastructure and networking, processors, security, and cloud markets


Undertake the most complex analysis across the broadest range of manufacturers and products to provide quality insights that support your entire IP strategy

See How Our Clients Have Benefited

Here are a few examples of how Chipworks helps IP professionals and litigation experts... and the results you can expect.

“The analysis provided by Chipworks exceeded our expectations. The company’s ability to strengthen our initial claim gave us the confidence to pursue a licensing program with an industry giant.”

Senior Manager, IP Department

“Chipworks was critical to our strategy, putting us in a strong position that led to successful licensing negotiations. At the end of the day, it’s about finding hits with our patents. That’s why I choose to work with Chipworks.”

Intellectual Property Counsel

“By supplementing standards based documentation with technical evidence of use, Chipworks helped us strengthen our negotiating position. In light of their responsiveness and ability to run parallel programs, they continue to support us in related licensing campaigns.”

Senior Licensing Executive

“Without Chipworks our case would have been much weaker. Chipworks provided credible third party analysis, which is what you need going into a litigation. Both my client and I were very pleased with the work.”

Senior Partner, Patent Litigation

“We don’t give Chipworks the easy stuff. We give them the work that we don’t have the capability to do internally. They helped us validate the potential of monetizing a group of systems patents that initially fell outside of our IP strategy. Now we see that we can derive licensing revenue outside of the semiconductor industry.”

Director IP Group

“Chipworks’ intimate familiarity with the semiconductor and microelectronics market helped define our options and move quickly from a negative cash flow to a multi-million dollar profit.”

Director of Finance

Next Step: Schedule a Consultation for More Information

Chipworks IP solutions are always customized. To find out what combination of services will best meet your needs, schedule a confidential discussion with one of our Patent and Technology Specialists to:

  1. Discuss your specific IP goals, questions and needs
  2. Ensure we match the right services to your needs and provide the right level of customization
  3. Provide a quick price based on what you need to achieve

Schedule a call by emailing info@chipworks.com, call us toll free at 1-888-829-0414, or complete the form and we will contact you within 24 hours.