We are gave the first ever workshop at CIIPM
We also had a 10 minute slot in the main event. Here is the short Powerpoint we used. Download
Here are the details:
Why can I believe this? Using automation to support FTO and Invalidity searching
This workshop addressed the three major concerns we picked up from conference attendances last year, trust in automated systems, completeness of search and relevance of results. Participants, of which we had more than we had anticipated, were be able to see the way advances in hardware can be used with software programs which aim to reflect the search methods used by humans, as described in best practice for both applicants and examiners.
We gave brief overview of the purpose and development path of both programs and the data that can be utilised.
Then we demonstrated the working of the programs and had a lively discussion, with many cotributions from the participants, especially around the areas of the comprehensiveness of the search and the ways in which the results can be presented and explored to reflect the search workflow.
The base data set has been supplied by Lighthouse IP and covers all the patents and application electronically available between 1976 and 2017 for EPO, WIPO and the USPTO. In full use the programs are not limited to those authorities and can also handle NPL literature, which were also able to demonstrate.
At this event we ran a roundtable session on 27th June, 9:30-10:30 am. We presented our linguistic approach to patent searching, especially in the areas of of Freedom to Operate and Invalidity searching. We had 15 attendees covering a wide range of manufacturing, pharmaceutical and commercial companies. Lively discussions led to a number of visits to our impromptu stand in the coffee area. The event as a whole was very well organised and provided numerous opportunities to learn more about the field and make contact with vendors, patent attorneys and company directors.
We took both Patent Reader and SpanMatch to this event to show our current state-of-the-art in two areas of patent searching, exploiting the power of current CPUs and SSDs to provide comprehensive search and trustworthy and clearly relevant results.
WE had conversations with a number of innovation teams, and were particularly impressed with the presentation by Midlands Innovation team, which alerted us to the potential use of the program by such groups handling large numbers of innovative ideas in multiple fields.