Asking the right questions is at least as important as being able to interpret results, and with PatSnap search we have the widest range of search tools and functions available.
Searches can begin with any aspect of IP - technology, assignee, patent number or classification, inventor and by date range, legal status and much more.
For those that are new to IP, we’ve focused on making it simple to search patents without sacrificing thoroughness. Using techniques such as machine learning-based keyword helper, semantic searching and image searching, no prior knowledge of IP is needed to be able to conduct highly-specific queries.
While for those familiar with IP and / or advanced search techniques, PatSnap provides the ability to build powerful boolean search strings and to precisely refine results using pre-built filters, keyword highlighting and one click patent translation.
Construct searches, ranging from the simple to the very complex with the power to formulate your own search commands. Or use PatSnap patent search software's automatic query builder to guide you through the most intricate searches.
Capture all the relevant terms in your search with PatSnap’s keyword helper. Enter terms into the box and PatSnap will scan through millions of other patents to suggest similar or alternative words that you may want to incorporate into your search.
Our weekly updated database covers more than 118 million patents from 128 jurisdictions and 22 intellectual property office databases globally. With PatSnap's one-click translation, you have constant access to the most up-to-date information, no matter where it's from.
Conduct bulk searches on IP data based on over 20 fields including titles, claims, patent publications and application numbers, classification, inventors and assignees and drill down to the exact level of information that you require using one-click filters.
Semantic search is a quick and easy way of searching for patents that are relevant to a portion of text that you’ve provided. Semantic patent search reviews the text and compares keywords against our patent database. Each word is ranked by its commonality across all patents and less common words are given higher importance.
IP research and patent analysis - whether for freedom to operate, patentability, competitor analysis, technology trend analysis, tech or talent scouting or more - typically involves a process of search and analysis to narrow results to a manageable and highly relevant set of documents for more detailed review. Traditionally, this involved piles of print-outs and a highlighter pen, and took weeks, making it all but off limits for anyone but patent attorneys. In contrast, PatSnap has been designed from the start to make quick analysis of IP data possible for all.
With one click, core trend data is available - covering filing history, leading assignees and inventors, regional split and IPC (International Patent Classification) codes. Further analysis based on more advanced features include patent valuation data, litigation information, licensing data and citations.
Who are the top assignees, which are the top technology areas and how is the trend changing over time are all questions that can be answered in seconds with PatSnap’s in-built analytics capabilities.
The value of each patent is shown in search results and in key comparison charts, providing immediate context and helping to identify the potentially more important results. Valuations are calculated using an algorithm based on up to 25 indicators, including citations, patent age, and industry sector, and are benchmarked against data from thousands of actual patent transactions.
Evaluate a full chain of associated technologies by following forward and backward citations for each patent. Identify the most cited patents, which are potentially more significance in a particular sector, and track these from initial concepts right the way through to latest applications. Use Citation Analysis to discover licensing opportunities, understand the competition and determine if (or when) to challenge a pending patent
Put patents, technology and competitors into context within the market with PatSnap’s Landscaping tool. This provides a visual representation of where all the patents within a given landscape sit in relation to each other, and highlights where the main areas of activity are taking place - or where there are areas of inactivity, white space, ready to exploit. Protect the portfolio by determining exactly where competitors’ portfolios sit, in relation to yours.
Keep on top of the information regarding specific litigation cases, including plaintiffs and defendants involved, law firms handling cases, when the case was filed and the duration of a case. Monitor the outcomes of cases and determine the most appropriate and cost effective courses of action.
Intellectual property data contains unique insights into future technology changes, market shifts and competitor strategy, and unlocking this business intelligence is at the heart of PatSnap.
While a single patent deals with one invention - which may or may not be revolutionary and wide-ranging in its impact - by taking patent information in aggregate, and employing big data analysis techniques, it's possible to quickly identify where technology is heading, or where a competitor, potential acquisition target, or partner is investing and from this to begin to predict future market moves.
For example, a smartphone-focused consumer electronics manufacturer investing heavily in smart home capabilities, or a drone manufacturer focusing on high-end reliability features more applicable to industrial use cases rather than toys.
Translate IP information into practical insight, with charts and graphs that put data from patents into business context and that provide instant answers to specific business questions, including geographies in which technologies are growing, renewal and abandonment rates for patents in certain technology areas and patent valuation information.
Be armed with all the knowledge you need about your closest competitors. Find out where they are competitors active, the technology fields they are focusing on and whether their rate of innovation is speeding up or slowing down in different sectors. Form a view of their strategy and how they fit into the competitive landscape.
Use competitor dashboards to assess IP portfolios of competitors and how they compare when they go up against each other, head-to-head. How do their regional strengths differ? What are their strengths and weaknesses in terms of innovation and their overall portfolio and who is ramping up innovation most rapidly?
Managing IP-related process across multiple teams, particularly across different departments, is essential if the true value from IP is to be realised.
This can include in-house, or 3rd party, IP teams supporting R&D departments needing to be working from the same data-set. While many IP professionals are also expert in a particular field of science or technology, they will almost always rely on the specialist for the deep knowledge needed to analyse a particular patent or competitor landscape, and emailing patent references or PDF images of individual documents is inefficient and prone to error. PatSnap provides collaboration and workflow tools to make this collaboration easy.
Ensure you don’t miss anything important by setting up email alerts that automatically keep you informed of changes to a patent - or group of patents - based on any details of your choice. This feature enables you to receive alerts about new patents, changes to legal statuses of patents, new citations, and more.
Create and save your own lists, which include all the relevant patents that correspond to your current projects, such as those related to technology areas, competitor portfolios or acquisition targets. This means you do not have to repeat searches, or cover old ground, to get to the results you need.
Export data in multiple different formats of your choice, in order to share more widely across the business. This includes Excel, PDF, RTF, XML and CSV formats. You can even create PowerPoint presentations directly from the dashboards, for instance to use in company presentations and reports.
PatSnap supports multiple and interdepartmental access, so you can create your own collaboration framework – making the innovation process simpler. And with custom tagging, you can create bespoke categorizations within your patent list that relate to specific internal projects.
We love it when organisations put IP front and center in their planning and decision-making, and our IP Consultants help organisations achieve this every day.
From the very first login we want to make sure that our customers are able to achieve their goals and our on-boarding and support programs are designed to help IP experts and novice alike access the IP intelligence they need.
At the core of our model is hands-on support on specific customer projects - every demo and training session is based on the real-life IP questions our clients are working on, resulting in specific answers or follow-up actions.
Tailored to each client and centred on the customer’s own projects, our on-boarding follows a proven step-by-step methodology to ensure all users are up-to-speed and able to access the IP intelligence their role demands.
After the on-boarding stage, our IP Consultants are on hand to help with IP-related questions and projects as the need arises. The team conducts thousands of searches every a week and can guide users through the most basic to the most complex enquiries.
Our support team also provides phone and email support for all product-related questions, and the online resource center is available to all customers and includes an extensive library of IP education and how-to guides.
Whether access to IP and patent search software is for one or two experts, or to thousands of developers across an entire IP team, PatSnap provides IP and product training tailored to the client’s needs.
Call us or complete the form and we’ll arrange a demo based on your specific technology area of interest, and start to make the most of IP intelligence today.
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