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There is no such thing as a perfect search query, no matter how you do this. For example keyword or class code searches may be limited by incomplete assumptions on the right keywords or class code. For this reason we developed Cluster Searching; to use the collective intelligence of 150 million patent citations to help you find the most important or similar patents, but even this is imperfect. 

For this reason we have long advised using Cluster Searching in an iterative process. To help this, we have recently developed the ability to hide patents you do not want to see from the results, for example patents you have seen before.

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Got 100 seconds to spare?

As much as we love to talk about Cluster Searching, we also realize that a lot of people like a visual perspective as well. For this reason, we have just released a new video, found at the link below, which provides an overview of Cluster Searching in around 100 seconds: 

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Since its release in 2015 Ambercite’s Cluster Searching tool has picked up a wide range of users around the world who are impressed by its ability to quickly find patents missed by conventional searching processes. It has been used in over 6000 searches to date. 

These users have also provided some very valuable feedback to Ambercite, and part of this feedback is that these users sometimes end up seeing patents they have already seen in previous searches. This can slow down the reviewing of the results that Cluster Searching provides,  and can be inefficient.

It is of course impossible for us to know what patents that our users have already seen – but they will probably know this themselves. For this reason Ambercite has just upgraded Cluster Searching with a new feature that allows users to ignore previously seen results from the results that Cluster Searching shows. This operates through a second data entry box, shown below.

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Most people reading this have an interest in patent searching. I remember the first time, working as a development engineer, I was asked to search the patent literature. This was a long time before the advent of readily available online searching, and so I found myself reading through a printed collection of relevant patents. I was fascinated that this vast collection of information was available to me, and many years later I still am.

Nonetheless, all of us have clients or managers and need to justify what we do. So how can we justify the cost of a patent search?

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We speak to people all around the world about our Cluster Searching patent searching tool, and one of the most common questions is "how does this differ from conventional citation searching?" This is an excellent question. 

To show you the differences, consider US patent US6898550, filed by Fitsense Technology and now owned by Nike, for a Monitoring activity of a user in locomotion on foot. This claims a method for predicting fitness based the direct measurement of foot strides.  

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