Patent search is the first step to patent analysis.
But if you rely on only keyword search you will miss relevant patents because patent filings use various terms for the same technology. Plus, if your patent database doesn't fix company name misspellings and resolve patent ownership changes and company acquisitions, you could spend hours correcting data rather than doing analysis.
Innography has the most advanced patent search capabilities in the market, built on top of the most accurate patent information available.
Effective Patent Searching
The key to a thorough global patent search is to use multiple methods. Innography offers many powerful methods to search its patent database:
- Keyword Search: This is the easiest search approach for users – just type a few words into a simple search box that searches in every text field in the patent filing.
- Boolean Search: Expert users can put together very advanced patent searches using Boolean operators, wildcards, and specific fields in the patent document to search. Innography even provides the capability to automatically convert existing Boolean searches from legacy patent search tools.
- Semantic Search: Since patent filings can use different terminology for the same technology, semantic search allows searching on the concepts within text, rather than specific keywords. This often enables finding "hidden patents" that are missed by using keywords.
- Metadata Search: Patent filings have an enormous amount of metadata such as classification codes, backward and forward citations, information about inventors, current and previous patent owners, and various dates. Each of these fields can be individually searched and grouped as desired. Innography's citation analysis includes recursive "citation traversal", which is particularly important to find relevant patents that may otherwise be missed.
- Filtering (Faceted Search): Innography provides a Refine panel that allows further filtering of result sets by patent owner, jurisdiction, patent status, date ranges, and many other data fields. Each filter shows the quantity of each option, allowing the user to see the most relevant options and to simply click on the chosen selections.
Each of these methods can be used to get a quick answer in a few seconds. Together, Innography's broad range of patent search capabilities allows finding the most complete set of relevant patents better than any other patent search solution.
Great Data, Great Search
Finding the right patents isn't very helpful if you don’t know who owns them. Innography goes further than any other patent analytics solution to fix company name mis-spellings, apply ownership changes through the lifecycle of the patent, and resolve company subsidiaries and acquisitions.
Why is this needed? As one example, the raw data from the USPTO misspells International Business Machines over 800 different ways. To get an answer to "what patents does IBM own?" requires a patent database that fixes all of these automatically, including for new filings every week for patent jurisdictions around the world.
Innography processes over 100,000 company subsidiary relationships each week, constantly updated through a unique blend of company-hierarchy data feeds, acquisition announcement processing and crowdsourcing. In addition, sometimes the company name is missing from applications, in which case Innography applies machine learning to derive the company owner from the inventor names and locations when possible.
What Are You Missing With Keyword Search?
Different patent filings can use different technology terms, especially over time as the technology evolves. In addition, different industries can use different terms for the same or very similar technologies. Translated patents can also result in unusual terms and phrases. In these cases, if you’re using only keyword search, you can miss highly relevant patents that utilize different terminology than expected.
And sometimes, patent filers use different terms to purposefully "hide" their patents. For example, there are four patent filings that use the phrase "film device with lens", but if you search on the keyword "camera", these patents won’t be found.
That's why semantic search, which returns patents based on the concepts behind the words, is simply essential for a thorough patent search. Add in the other search approaches described above (metadata search, citation traversal, etc.), and an Innography patent searcher can efficiently find a much more complete set of relevant patents than keywords can alone.
Private Patent Search with PatentScout™
PatentScout™ is Innography's easy-to-use patent search tool that gives much better results to casual patent searchers than free search tools. PatentScout™ takes advantage of Innography's:
- Patent database with over 100 million patent documents from 102 jurisdictions around the world
- Corrected and current patent ownership information
- Keyword search, semantic search, boolean search, and faceted search
- One-click visuals
Most importantly, your searches with PatentScout™ (like all Innography tools) are securely encrypted and private – searches are not stored or analyzed, ever. Your IP strategy is safe with Innography patent search tools.
PatentScout™ allows unlimited users and unlimited users to Innography clients for a modest yearly cost, providing better answers and higher security for casual searchers than more limited low-cost search tools.
Search Is Just the Beginning
The quicker you can do a search, the more time you can spend analyzing the results and deriving insights. Unless your goal is simply to generate a list of patents, patent analysis and patent analytics capabilities are required to understand and communicate the results.
Innography's powerful analysis capabilities, combined with its simple user interface and great support, together allow users to quickly get to a better answer. Advanced analytics improve the speed and quality of analyses. For example, PatentStrength™ allows patent searchers to target the subset of patents that are strongest, to more quickly give an accurate portrayal of the patent set.
Innography's many visualizations also help derive insights from the patent set – as they say, a picture is worth 1,000 words. The visualizations are dynamic, allowing drill-down for detailed analysis, and are exportable to Excel (including the underlying data) for further analysis and customization.
Just as importantly, effective visualizations help communicate the insights and conclusions to the patent searcher's colleagues. Flexible and customizable visuals allow telling the story clearly and effectively.
Innography's newest product PatentIQ™ takes this communication process one step further, allowing customizable dashboards to be created by an IP specialist and proactively shared with business executives. The dashboards are always current and are highly visual and interactive, and they also support collaboration between the business executive and the IP specialist.
The bottom line is that a thorough patent search is just the first step to a useful patent analysis. Innography's powerful patent search capabilities allows clients to quickly and confidently generate the relevant patent set with accurate data, so they can spend more time on analysis and deriving compelling insights – which is the end goal, after all.