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Summary - Smart patent owners are long used to the concept of monitoring their competitive landscape by monitoring new patents. However existing methods could produce either too much data, or not enough. Ambercite now has the capability to provide a sophisticated and yet to use list of new and relevant patents similar to those of a portfolio, or even a single patent.

In this case study, Ambercite was used to produce a list of similar patents to the patent porfolio of Strava, all filed in the last five years. No risky assumptions about keywords, patent owners or class codes were required - and this analysis returned 281 patent families - as opposed to the 4 patent families that would have been returned by conventional citation monitoring. 

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Ride sharing app Uber is currently in the market to buy some more patents to "support our expanding business", and this program is happening right now.

Uber is soliciting offers from patent owners, and on a final offer price basis, ie. vendors set a price, and Uber will make its decision on the basis of the offered price. For further details of this program, please read more here

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This is a question we get asked quite often, by people who are used to conventional keyword searching. 

In response, there is a number of good reasons why Ambercite does not offer keyword searching:

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Here at Ambercite we spend a lot of time talking to clients about our software. And because some of us are searchers ourselves, we also use and assess a range of other patent databases. And this is a good thing, as a different databases can give different results, and a broad range of perspectives can give the best results.

Based on all of this, we have picked up a bit of experience on how to assess a patent database - and this could be helpful for other people.

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Here at Ambercite we often talk about the limitations of keyword searching - but in fact we are happy to acknowledge that both conventional and Cluster Searching can be helpful in finding relevant patents - as suggested by the image below: 

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