In order to understand the technological features of the 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 that belong to 254 patent families. These 254 patent families were classified into 1634 CPCs. We analysed these CPCs to understand the technological profile of Netflix’s patent portfolio. To let you know, more often a single patent gets classified into more than 10 CPCs.
697/1634 or 42.6% of patent families of Netflix are categorized under Pictorial Communication technologies. Under Pictorial Communication, patent related to TV systems, 3D TV, Diagnosis of TV systems, Video on Demand, circuits specially designed for TV systems, and the like is categorized.
In case of Netflix, these patents protect the core features of its services. Out of 697, 509 patent families are on Video on Demand technologies, and 115 are on Coding, Decoding, Compression, and Decompression of video signals. These two segments amount to 89% of the patents categorized under Pictorial Communications.
The sections below give further detail features protected by patents categorized under Video on Demand (VoD), and Coding, Decoding, Compression, and Decompression of digital video signals.
Netflix has a total of 509 patent families categorized under Interactive TV or Video on Demand technologies. 78% of these patent families are focused on Client Device (209 Patents) and VoD Server (193 patents).
The exhibit below represents the features protected in 209 patents related to Client Device by Netflix.
The exhibit below represents the features protected in 193 patents related to Video on Demand Server by Netflix.
115 patent families of Netflix are categorized under the Coding, Decoding, Compression, and Decompression of Video signals. 70% of these patents, 81 in number, are focused on Adaptive coding, 12 on Pre/post procession for video compression, and 7 on predictive coding.
The exhibit below represents the features protected in 81 patents related to Adaptive Coding by Netflix.