Simplifying the patent & copyright process for our clients

Empowering idea creators to manage the protection of their ideas


“Everything that can be invented has been invented."

Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, US Patent Office, 1899

Case study

Genetic anaysis of response to treatment

Our client wanted to achieve the following objectives within their scientific community:

  • Improve internal collaboration
  • Reduce costs
  • Raise confidence in search tools
  • Simplify patent landscaping
  • Automate the process

Scientists and engineers were interviewed and some key concerns were identified including:

  • "Can I share my ideas with anyone?"
  • "When is an idea patentable?"
  • "Will I be charged a fee?"
  • "How wide is the coverage of the business intelligence tools?"
This highlighted a number of misnomers in the community and the need to empower idea creators via a simplified process. A clear process would also reduce costs by allowing scientists to exploit and test their ideas before engaging legal consultants, which was the usual practice prior to a cohesive and unified approach.

Process creation

The main objective was to simplify and standardise the process throughout the organisation. We designed a new three step process with clearly defined roles and responsibilities of key people involved in the patent life cycle. Scientists were provided with necessary tools to assess the value and patentability of ideas without incurring high legal overheads during the early phases.

Clearly defined roles:

  1. Ideas creator
  2. Business intelligence researcher
  3. Legal protector of ideas

Process benefits

  • Reduced legal costs for patenting and managing portfolios
  • Easier to protect ideas
  • Clearly defined roles and responsibilities
  • Clear guidelines on preparing ideas for protection, how to check the market
  • Clear guidelines on what not to patent
  • How to share ideas and research safely without putting them at risk of becoming unpatentable
  • Confidence in available research services
  • Financial savings through improved preparatory work and reduced time needed with legal

Our algorithmists conducted extensive analysis of available patent landscaping tools in the global market. The tools were assessed for ability to scale and build taxonomies to replace traditional human managed ontologies created by doctoral experts for companies such as Derwent.

Two levels of tools were identified, one for expert researchers and one for scientists and engineers. We also identified an additional tool that amalgamates search results into the digital library’s central search aggregator with EBSCO utilising web services.

A number of new tools were made available to business intelligence analysts that enabled them to create pictorial representations of the patent landscape (informatics).

The project is on-going and we are now providing patent citations to the aggregated search engine. We are considering moving this in house to prevent third party vendors from data mining our client's searches and exposing internal strategies.