To obtain patent protection (across a number of jurisdictions), a potential invention must be new (novel), useful and nonobvious. A Patentability Search, sometimes called a Patent Novelty Search or simply Novelty Search, is a search of prior, or pre-existing knowledge, conducted on behalf of a potential patent applicant.
Endellion can apply our unique Data Collisions methodology to this often challenging task. We do this by comparing the language in patents (and other bodies of technical knowledge eg: journals, technical papers, news articles) to establish links between different technologies from almost any industry. We then visualise the results by constructing network maps to show exactly how each technology links together. As a result of its language.
The visualisation allows us to quickly establish a patent’s novelty.
Patents Case Study
This diagram shows a section of a patent network investigating “mineral flotation”. The network establishes links between flotation technologies developed by two competing entities. The similarity between the language in each of the patents may have contributed to Entity 1’s challenge of Entity 2’s patent application on the grounds of novelty and the lack of an inventive step (a challenge which would later fail on all grounds).
Language is extremely important. Common technical language used within industries can make ideas appear more linked / closer than they really are.
Endellion contends that the costly legal action between the two entities above may have been avoided by de-linking the patents through a thorough examination of language before submitting the applications.
This methodology can be used to reduce the likelihood of patent applications being cited. Alternatively it can be used by existing patents to determine whether they should be cited.
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