In order to understand the technological features of Netflix patent portfolio, we categorized Netflix patents based on CPC analysis. It represents the number of patent families classified in a CPC. A patent family is a group of patent documents – globally or in a jurisdiction – that covers the same (or similar) information.
In patent portfolio of Netflix, there were 962 patent documents which belong to 254 patent families. These 254 patent families were classified into 1634 CPCs. We analysed these CPCs to understand technological profile of Netflix’s patent portfolio. To let you know, more often a single patent gets classified into more than 10 CPCs.
426/1634 patent families of Netflix are categorized under Digital Information Transmission technologies. Under digital information transmission, patents related to data transmission or telegraphic communications are categorized. Most of Netflix patents – 268/426– under this category are related to different communication protocols and network architecture.