In the early 2000s BountyQuest attempted to crowdsource prior art discovery. It failed. We believe it was ahead of its time. Today, the landscape is different. We are overcoming previous obstacles by building non-keyword based tools to implement crowdsourcing in patent analysis effectively. One part of our approach revolves around visualization; the others make up our patent pending secret sauce.
The USTPO’s public dataset on US/International patents applications and grants has been approached in similar ways, and has yet to be fully utilized. This neglect is linked to the data’s poorly tailored structure for keyword search algorithms. The most notable example is Google Patents, where the hardships are evident in the attempt to implement keyword frequency analysis to streamline patent exploration. This niche space requires a disruptive concept that could cause a paradigm shift in the execution and visualization of search in conceptually linked data groups.
There exists a tangible market need to simplify and streamline patent searching and novelty exploration, especially infringement detection. This encompasses the simplification of patent filing, comparison and retrieval both for private/judicial and government agencies as well as a means for industry to interact with inventors or consulting firms to research future technological developments.
By building a visualization and search engine centered on non-keyword based algorithms (our secret sauce – patent pending), we allow users to overcome the problems faced by competitor approaches and enhance their search experience. Our goal is to simplify the problem to where it may be crowdsourced!