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Cluster Searching is available for commercial access and free trials to qualified applicants. Cluster Searching is accessed via a very simple online interface, as shown below

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AmberScope has been designed to make search for patents as easy and quick as possible, therefore saving our clients time and money.

In previous blogs we have explored: 

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Patent searching can be a major cost for many patent attorneys or lawyers, examiners, as well as IP or R&D managers and their staff. We will be creating a series of blog posts that share pro tips on how you can find better patents fast in AmberScope. This is the first in this series.

 

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In this post we review a patent claiming the rotating screens used on the smartphones or tablets we almost all carry - and consider the most cost effective means of finding the key patent that invalidated this patent when it was asserted against Rackspace.

 

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This is an update of a blog first published in August 2014. Since then our terminology has changed from Automated Search Reports to online Cluster Searching but the results below would still apply. 

 

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The US based National Security Agency (NSA) has been in the news a lot recently due to its activities, which include the collection and analysis of telephone and internet records. While the exact nature of this analysis is both confidential and controversial, it is thought to include analysis of websites visited, and links between people as expressed via email and message traffic, and calls made. This type of analysis is often referred to as 'metadata' analysis, where metadata can be defined as 'data about data'. 

But is not only the NSA that understands the value of metadata. As discussed by Maria Konnikova's excellent article on MIT's human dynamics scientist Dr Alex Pentland, the likes of Google and Apple are also interested in metadata. Pentland's work began with counting Canadian beavers from outer space back in 1973. Since beavers were small, and satelites crude back in 1973, Pentland started counting beaver ponds instead. This is a great example of the use of indirect measures to try to find data that would otherwise be impractical to gather. Since then Pentland has been working on wearble technology like Google glasses, as well as on metadata in general:

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Life360 founder Chris Hull has responded to an accusation of patent infringement in a way that many accused infringers might have been tempted to do so in the past, but probably advised against by their lawyer:

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Ambercite founder Doris Spielthenner and myself have just attended the PIUG Conference 2014 in Orange County, California, where we put on a workshop on patent searching and then exhibited for three days. AmberScope attracted a lot of interest from conference attendees, who in particular were complementary on our graphics and ability to find similar patents. Attendees also provided some great ideas for how we can further improve our product, and we greatly appreciate this.  

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Specialists who spend a lot of time searching patents, such as patent examiners and professional searchers, would recognize the immediate value of pre-existing search reports. In these cases, a professional such as another patent examiner has carefully reviewed the prior art and identified what the believe to be the most likely prior art. 

But what if there was a quick simple and productive means of expanding on these search reports? So that other searchers and examiners could be more positive of their validity assessments - or help invalidate the patent if this is their objective?

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A reasonably common question we get asked after demonstrating AmberScope, our search engine based on the power of patent citations, is: 

'Can we filter the results of a patent citation search by patent classification codes or keywords?' 

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