Building Patent Portfolio Still a
Big Part of TI’s Success Strategy

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Texas Instruments (TI) may not have the same cache as Apple, Google, Samsung or IBM but there’s no doubt that the electronics and semiconductor company, based in Dallas Texas is a still a huge player in the electronics industry. TI isn’t known for smartphones or any other fancy consumer devices but the company does cast a large shadow over the entire sector. “One of the reasons TI has been so successful at staying relevant in the industry, despite not having any consumer devices, is because of the strength of its intellectual property portfolio,” noted IPTrader president Arlen Olsen. TI has been progressively and proactively using its large stable of patents to bring in billions of dollars of additional revenue.

Down This Road Before

The company started using that strategy in the 1990s and it has been successful ever since. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that TI is still very focused on continually building it’s patent portfolio and using those patents to create even more revenue streams. According to reports, Texas Instruments received 833 patents in the year 2014, which put it in 45th place overall for the number of U.S. patents granted last year. Among the items in the company’s large portfolio is the world’s strongest collection of granted patents in the analog-processing realm. However, despite its current strength in the semiconductor and electronic sectors the company is looking to strengthen their hold even more, as well as add patents in other sectors.

Looking to Build New Strengths

Lately, the company has been putting a lot of effort into self-driving vehicle technology as well as smart energy grids. Both of these sectors have a lot of promise and potential, which means they could provide greater possibilities and opportunities for growth for Texas Instruments should they be able to develop and/or acquire more IP in these sectors. The company is also said to be putting more research into innovations in laser-projected TVs as well as devices with voice command controls. With all of these technologies likely to have a huge impact in the electronics industry in the near- and long-term future Texas Instruments is methodically building a portfolio that will no doubt hold a lot of clout in the market.

Future Looks Bright

It remains to be seen exactly how the company plans on using it’s patent portfolio in the future, especially in regards to these new technologies, but the bottom line is that TI continues to build and strengthen its IP assets. Plus, if it’s history is any indication, then there’s little doubt that TI will use whatever IP resources it has to increase the company’s revenue and profit streams. After all, remember that Texas Instruments was one of the first major companies on record to use monetization of its patent portfolio as a way to increase revenue. Without leveraging its IP in the 90s, the company would not be where it is today. However, thanks to several huge licensing deals, TI became relevant again and has since become a major player in the consumer electronics industry even though you won’t see it’s name stamped on too many of today’s best-known devices. That is thanks in large part to the company’s intellectual property.