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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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In part 1 of this series of how use to AmberScope to save money when searching patents, we discussed how to simply review citationally connected patents when searching patent by reviewing each patent.

This is very quick and simple when there are a handful of citationally connected patents. But imagine that there is more than a handful, and in some cases there can be hundreds. Where do you start? How can you make the search exercise simpler, quickly, more effective and cheaper - all at the same time?

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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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Why measure similarity between patent portfolios?

The patent portfolios of major companies can be worth billions of dollars. There are many factors that drive this value, such as the area of the technology, the quality of the patents - and the similarity with other patent portfolios.

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Apple, Micosoft and Google are three of the mightiest technology innovators on the earth today. Apple created the personal computer, i-tunes, the iPod and touchscreen phones and tablets. Microsoft wrote the operating system that underpinned the mass up-take of the PC, and then developed the Office products that most of us use every day, including Word, Outlook, Excel and Powerpoint. Google invented the all encompassing search system, adword advertising and developed the Android operating system that underpins the majority of smartphones sold today. Like many others, I use products from all three companies on an almost daily basis. 

In line with their commercial battles for marketplace supremacy, there has been litigation between these parties and at times even cooperation. Each has strong and growing patent portfolios. But who has the strongest patent portfolio?

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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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AmberScope is an entirely new way of exploring the world of patent based on an interactive network of patents that are similar to a 'seed' patent. This seed patent could be a patent similar to a technology you are looking for, or a patent you are trying to invalidate, or a patent you are trying to license. 

A recent blog discussed 10 of the unique features of AmberScope. 

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AmberScope is our innovative patent searching tool that not only displays an interactive network of patents connected by forward or backward citations to your seed patent, but also provides a series of useful features to help you find the key patents you are looking for. 

So what are these features?  

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US patent 7479949, all 364! pages of it, is popularly referred to as 'the Steve Jobs patent". As discussed in an earlier blog on all of the patents of Steve Jobs, this patent covers 

one or more heuristics comprise: a heuristic for determining that the one or more finger contacts correspond to a one-dimensional vertical screen scrolling command, a heuristic for determining that the one or more finger contacts correspond to a two-dimensional screen translation command, and a heuristic for determining that the one or more finger contacts correspond to a command to transition from displaying a respective item in a set of items to displaying a next item in the set of items

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In 2011 the patent portfolio (more than 6,000 patents in total) for the bankrupt Nortel was sold for $4.5B to a syndicate of buyers that included Apple, Microsoft, Sony and Blackberry, helping to catalyse a patent buying frenzy that was thought to have catalysed Google paying $12.5B for Motorola just a few months later. 

More recently, now bankrupt Kodak put its patent portfolio of more than 20,000 patents for sale - and earned only $527 million for this portfolio, as explained in this excellent article from IEEE Spectrum.

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