Purpose & Use
Patent Landscape is a search to understand a particular technology area. Many companies order patent landscape to create an internal database of relevant patents revolving around the technology of interest. The trends that emerge from patent landscape can be very helpful for taking business decisions, R&D decisions, gaining insights about competitors, helping R&D team and to find out the white spaces in underlying technology. The landscape analysis is most useful while developing a new product or at the time of research and development to identify the gaps in the area of interest. Often, patent landscape is clubbed with non-patent landscape to get a complete picture of the technology.
Process & Reporting
The patent search is carried out in commercial patent and non-patent databases. The search starts with relevant keywords and their synonyms and is followed by a class based search, assignee-inventor search and citation search. Foreign language searches are also conducted. The number of the results depends upon the nature of the invention. Broad or old technologies can lead to thousands of results while narrow or new technologies can lead to hundreds or some time tens of results. Once the search is completed, the results are analyzed thoroughly and the valid results are bucketed under a well thought technology tree also known as taxonomy. The reports in addition to the categorized patents, also contains relevant trends and insights to easily understand the current position of the technology in question that can help taking important decisions. Patent landscape reports are often provided in Signicents’ Patent Dashboard (PatViewTM) which is a web based analytic platform.
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