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Most people when starting a patent search start by looking for patents with similar keywords, in either one of the free patent search engines (Google Patent, Espacenet, The Lens or others) or one of the subscription engines out there. And indeed this is a good approach and one that many users of Cluster Searching also use. 

Similarly, a lot of people combine this with class code searching. Class (or classification) codes can be useful means of conducting a preliminary filtering, or even a search in some cases.

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Yahoo is putting up a portfolio of 2659 of its patents up for sale, and is accepting bids at the moment. Price expectations have ranged up to five billion dollars.

2659 is a lot of patents by any measure, and this would ordinarily stretch the resources of any patent analyst. However here at Ambercite, we have developed some powerful tools such as Cluster Searching to help these analysts, and so we were curious to explore this portfolio ourselves. In particular, we were wondering: 

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Besides working with Ambercite, I do some IP management work with clients from time to time. As part of this, we were working with a client a couple of weeks ago who was worried about an Australian patent. This patent had been granted in Australia, and a very similar family member had been granted in the US - with the granted US patent having 30 prior art patent citations, and some non-patent literature. 

In Australia it can be very difficult to invalidate a patent for anything other than lack of novelty. So we needed a single document that disclosed all of the key features of the granted patent.

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Cluster Searching was developed to find similar patents to a single patent,  or a group of patents. This makes it ideal for reviewing what can even be a large portfolio of patents, and doing the likes of:

  • Identifying the most important patents in the portfolio, or;
  • Identifying the owners of the most similar patents -  both large and small companies.

As an example of this, we have looked at the patent portfolio of a well known company - Facebook. The objective of this search was to ask a couple of questions: 

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A company named VOIP-Pal com has sued AT&T, Verizon and Apple for a total of around $7b, claiming infringement of two of their patents:

  • US8542815, filed in November 2007 and with a priority date of 2 November 2006, for Producing routing messages for voice over IP communications 
  • US9179005, filed in August 2013, and with the same priority date and title as above.

 

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