Key features of Patent analysis tools Part 2

There are certain key features that every patent analysis tools must possess to deliver holistic results for any Intellectual Property and Data Management firm. In the previous blog post we covered certain features like patent text mining function, analytical capabilities and search functionality which play a crucial role in providing holistic delivery and intelligence information around patents.  Apart from these there are certain other add-on features which are necessary to build an efficient Patent analysis tool.

1)      Charting and visualization:

The power to convert patent analysis data into charts and powerful graphics is a must have feature for any patent analysis tool.   It comes really handy to have a visual representation of data to export them into reports and presentations. The visuals are usually in the form of pie chart and bar graphs showing the change in patent trends and dominance of a particular segment over the other. A good visualization and reporting component helps convey the insight easily without any need for explanation. Powerful visuals necessitate actions from the information consumers’ typically senior management and result in swift decision making. VIZmap is a visualization module available  with Patent iNSIGHTS Pro for users who seek advance visualization above charts and graphs for semantic exploration within large sets of patent data.



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2)      Reporting:

 One of the major needs of any organization will be generating reports of various types to suit the need of a particular department. Support for a wide range of flexible report types is useful with output format as word or excel so that the user can modify the report as per needs after it has been generated.

If we take an example of 3D printing , Patent iNSIGHTS Pro generated reports based on research activities around the world for 3D printing. The focus was on generating key statistics   about the companies leading in the domain. We used the the Assignee 360 report option to filter  the top companies and generate the report. The generated report  is then  exported to excel and for further customization  or editing.


3)      User Interface and ease of usage:

 There is always a demarcation between patent analysis tools armed with numerous features and one which is simple to use for an average employee. This becomes one more demarcating feature for opting for a patent analysis tool for your organization.  A good solution to this would be: opt for a tool which has an easy to use interface. A very easy to use interface may not always give you that flexibility and range of customization while an extremely complex interface may defeat the purpose and make the process of analyzing data more tedious rather than easier. Look out for an interface which gives you both ease of use along with flexibility of options.

These are the most sought after qualities that an Intellectual Property and Data management organization should look  for while opting  for a patent analysis tool .  Apart from the above mentioned features,  organizations should also look for capabilities like data export, associating custom fields with patent data, a rating or scoring system for measuring performance and quality of data being dealt with.

Key features of Patent Analysis Tool Part 1

Patent analysis tools are developed to provide holistic delivery information and intelligence around patents. They are mostly distinguished in terms of their features and delivery capabilities. In an Intellectual Property and Data Management organization if you are looking for a particular Patent tool to serve the purpose of your organization then ideally what should you be looking out for?  Here is the overview of the various important features found in the most comprehensive patent data analysis tool and what components should you look out for while deciding upon during the evaluation process.


1)      Search capabilities: Why should one look out for search analysis in the patent analysis tool when most of the search is already done in the database?  This can be further elucidated with the answer to another question.  What is search in patent analysis? Searching is usually a requirement for custom portfolio, categorization and further it is absolutely critical when going ahead with deeper analysis. Even when looking at a chart, it is important to be able to immediately drill-down from the chart and search through the segmented portion to get to the answer or insight you seek. Finally at lot of time it is absolutely essential to have custom fields such as tags, comments etc. These requirements make it essential to have reliable search capabilities in the analysis tool that you are opting for.

2)      Patent Text mining functions: When working with sets of 10000 records or more if you want to quickly understand what locate topics of interest or sometimes even understand which topics are prominent across the set and what sub-topics they are associated with, a powerful tunable auto-categorization engine is a must. Solutions that are created specifically for mining and clustering patent text are better suited than more general text mining solutions. Generating keyword lists and using such list for statistical analysis is another popular method used to gain insights on trends across companies, inventors and their patents.

3)      Analytics capabilities: One of the major capabilities that should be under the coverage of a patent analysis tool is a co occurrence matrix generating top lists and citation analysis. This feature helps in analysis and spotting trends within certain specific trends or technologies to have better insights into the future of these trends. It’s always good to get a few analytics questions that your organization has, tested and verified using the analytics capabilities so that you are sure if the solution is up to the task of handling your patent intelligence needs.

There are more to the list which one should keep in their mind while looking for a patent analysis tool such as data export features, associating own custom fields with patent data, rating and scoring system. Details analysis of these trends and characteristic features will come up in our next post, a continuation to ‘Key features of patent analysis tool part 2’.



Technology landscape: Nanofabrics

Nano fibers are defined as fibers with diameter less than 100 nanometres. They are basically small group of atom and molecules with radius of less than 100 nano meters. Particles on the nano scale have a very high surface area to volume ratio, whereas this ratio is much lower for objects on the macroscopic scale.

Nano fiber is engineered to give advantages to ordinary materials making them resistant to odor, moisture and other degrading properties. It helps to increase their elasticity, strength and bacterial resistance. Depending upon the property, a nano fabric is constructed either from nanoscopic fiber called nano fiber or it formed by applying a solution containing nano particles to form a regular fabric.

Nano fiber has huge application in various domains ranging from pharmacy, apparels, medical application beverages and more. Application of nano fiber has the potential to revolutionize textile manufacturing and area of medicine such as drug delivery and tissue engineering.

Patseer Search strategy:

Patseer is a cutting edge technology tool which is smartly equipped to search though vast patent databases, sorting, filtering, analyzing and creating reports. It is a result of outstanding algorithms to bring the word “tedious” out of the business equations and bring out a fresh web 2.0 approach to searching, analyzing, comparing and collaborating and managing patent data.

Patseer was used to develop a particular search query to search and develop the particular patent data set. The search query is shown in the image below.

TAD: Title, abstract and Description

TADC: Title, abstract, description and Claims

IC: International Class




How it works:

The query was directed to search through the title, abstract and claims with one publication per family was generated and imported in Patent iNSIGHT Pro.

After reviewing few results esp. from older publications, we came across some similar but irrelevant terms which we then excluded from full text and irrelevant class were also excluded using NOT operator. And finally a patent set of 3262 records are obtained.

Technical segmentation: Categorization Tree

The categorization tree shown below shows the different categories and the number of records in each of them. The categorization involved defining a search strategy for each topic and then conducting the search using the Advanced Searching capability in Patent iNSIGHT Pro.



IP Analysis: Publication trends

Nano fabric publication have emerged from 1997 but the real surge in activity started sometime in the last 5 years, which saw a drastic increase in the number of patent filings and publications. The spikes in the number of publications clearly show that there will be a steep rise in the domain of nanofibres.


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Top Players:

Once the patents were populated in Patent iNSIGHT Pro, the assignee clean up tools were used to

normalize the names.

Different cleanup tools were leveraged

• To locate assignees for unassigned records

• To clean up records having multiple assignees

• To locate the correct assignee names for US records using the US assignments database

• To merge assignees that resulted from a merger or acquisition or name change.

The dashboard tool within Patent iNSIGHT Pro was used to find the top 20 assignees

within the given patent set. A visual graph was created based on the results of the top assignees with the number of patents alongside each one.

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Innovation Timeline of companies:

With the dots representing patent filings and the orange lines indicating the timelines between the earliest and latest filings across each company, one can look into the relevance of each company with respect to time. Univ Donghua and Univ Zhejiang appearto be one of the earliest companies pursuing research across nanofabrics. Kolon Ind began filing since 2006 but is inactive with its research even though the research around nano fabrics has increased.



Technology Landscape for Nano fabrics:

The contour map below represents different processes & technologies used in nanofabric production with respect to complete patent portfolio. The nodes were marked with colors by companies.

How it worked:

 The VizMAP tool in Patent iNSIGHT Pro is used for analysis. Firstly the clusters for different process are loaded in the map. They are further analyzed on the basis of their contextual similarities according to the title, abstract and claims. Unrelated patents are removed using the “Hide Unrelated Patents” option and one patent assignee using the options available in VizMAP.



The use of nanoparticles and nano fibres to produce specialized nano fabrics became a subject of interest after the solgel and electrospinning techniques were fully developed in the 1980s. Since 2000, dramatic increases in global funding have accelerated research efforts in Nano technology, including nano fabrics research

 The entire report analyzing and categorizing research trends around nanofabric and the process involved in its application is available for download here: [Technical Report]