“Everything that can be invented has been invented."
Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, US Patent Office, 1899
Our client wanted to achieve the following objectives within their scientific community:
Scientists and engineers were interviewed and some key concerns were identified including:
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.
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:
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.