We’ve discussed the free visualization tools for US patent data available through the Patexia website in a previous blog post; Patexia is a patent search site that allows users to create customized graphs visualizing search results of both US patent applications (2001-present) and granted patents (1976 to present). Now, Patexia has even more to offer. Patexia recently released a number of updates to their website (described in this press release), including:
- New IP research tools: search and create visualizations of IP lawsuits (from 2005 to present) and 2011 patent statistics.
- Company IP portfolios: View intellectual property information on specific companies, including granted US patents, US applications, IP lawsuits, a summary of the company, and the option to follow any updates on the company.
- Nova News: According to the press release, the Nova News Feed, “which delivers content from internal and external sources, now covers innovation news of over 800 corporate and research institutions from the United States, Japan, and Germany.”
New IP Research Tools: IP Lawsuits and IP Statistics
From the Patexia homepage, users should first log in before utilizing the Patexia tools, since registration is completely free and registered users have full access to all research tools and community features. Users only need to provide a first name, last name, and email address in order to register for Patexia. The site even includes an HTTPS connection for secure searching.
After logging in, the user can select the “Research” option in the upper left horizontal menu (which also contains a “Nova” option, which we’ll look at later). Through the “Research” section, the user can access many of Patexia’s research tools, including the “Patents and Publications” search option. The “Patents and Publications” search option allows users to search for US patents (from 1976-present) and published applications (2001-present) and create a customized graph of the search results. This search feature is described in-depth in our previous blog post on Patexia. The main improvement to this search tool since the last blog post is that US published applications are now also searchable. According to the “About Us” section of the website, “more than 3 million US patent publications (from 2001 to present)” are searchable.
Through the “Research Section”, users can also now search through “over 20 thousand patent lawsuits (from 2005 to present),” according to the “About Us” section. The search form includes a keyword search option, a date range selection, and the option to add additional search criteria (Plaintiff, Defendant). When typing in the plaintiffs or defendants, a drop-down menu of available company names from the IP portfolios will appear that match the text currently typed in the search form.
The visualization produced by the search is either a line or bar graph, and users can group the graph according to plaintiff or defendant and zoom in on specific sections of a line graph. The user can also select specific data points or bars to view a list of lawsuits that apply to that bar or data point. A list of all relevant lawsuits is displayed below the visualization (the list is not sortable), and each result in the list includes the case number, title, and filing date.
Users can select a lawsuit result to view a full record for the case. The full record includes a summary section (listing the case number, filing date, court, plaintiff, defendant, and cause), a list of documents pertaining to the case (including date, document number, and description), and a discussion section for the lawsuit, where users can post their own opinions on the case.
Besides the “Patents and Publications” tool and the “IP Lawsuits” search, one additional research tool is available on Patexia: 2011 IP Statistics. Under the 2011 IP Statistics section, users can select to view a number of visualizations of patent statistics from 2011:
- Patent Stats: Total number of patents issued per month in 2011.
- Publication Stats: Total number of patent publications issued per month in 2011.
- Top 10 Innovative Companies: This chart has been created based on the total number of patents issued to each company in 2011.
- Top 10 Patent Applicants: This chart has been created based on the total number of patent publications issued to each company in 2011.
- Top 10 Patent Law Firms: Most active patent agents of 2011.
- Top 10 Innovative Countries: This chart has been created from the patent database based on the country of the assignee for patents issued in 2011.
Company IP Portfolios
From the Patexia homepage, users can scroll to the bottom of the page and select the center option “Find Company IP Histories” to access the list of all company IP portfolios. This “Company Search” list includes the names and icons of all company portfolio pages, and the list can be sorted in alphabetical order (a-z), reverse alphabetical order (z-a), or newest portfolio pages listed first. The user can also use the quick search form in the upper right corner of each page to keyword search for companies (first select the “Companies” option from the drop-down menu of which databases to search through).
After locating the name of the company through either the “Company Search” list or the keyword search form, the user can view the company IP portfolio. The portfolio page includes a company summary (with Wikipedia links included) and a pie chart illustrating the number of published US applications and granted US patents belonging to the company. Besides the summary section, each company portfolio record contains:
- Patents: A list of all patents (with links to the full Patexia patent records) assigned to the company.
- Publications: A list of all US published applications (with links to the full Patexia records) assigned to the company.
- Lawsuits: A list of all IP lawsuits in which the company was a plaintiff/defendant. Links to the full lawsuit records on Patexia are included.
The Nova Feed
After signing in, the user can select the “Nova” option from the upper left menu to view a number of news feeds. The user can filter the list of news items by selecting to view any or all of the following feeds (descriptions from the “About Us” section):
- Nova News: Read the latest news and information relevant to innovation.
- Analysis and Opinions: Read or write critical examinations of stories related to innovation.
- Patent Reviews: Examine or submit in depth reviews of patents or patent applications.
- Nova Buzz: Share short thoughts and insights or check out what others are saying.
The list of news can be filtered by other criteria, such as Network (public, following, or connections) and topic (all, legal, science & tech, or business). Users can subscribe to the Nova news feed as an RSS feed. On individual new items, users can add comments, select the item as a favorite, or share the item on various social media platforms (Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Tumblr, etc). Users can also post their own news items, including links, media, or images, and the user can define the topic and who can view their news item. The entire Nova section is condensed into a simple and attractive interface, with all filters located in a left-hand column, the section to add your own item at the top center of the interface, and all news items listed below in the center of the page.
The visualization feature of Patexia was a useful free tool for patent professionals, and now IP researchers have even more tools to access through the Patexia website, including the IP lawsuits search and the company portfolio pages. Hopefully Patexia will continue to expand its coverage of IP lawsuit records and the number of company portfolio pages, since the data available in the current lawsuit and portfolio records is so well organized and detailed. The Nova news feed section creates an innovative way for users to network and communicate within a growing IP community and stay updated on the latest legal, scientific, technical, and business news. I’d definitely recommend creating an account on Patexia to test out both the old and new features of the website. Join a growing IP community and access numerous IP research tools, all by creating one free account.
What do you think of the new Patexia updates? Let us know in the comments!
This post was contributed by Joelle Mornini. The Intellogist blog is provided for free by Intellogist’s parent company Landon IP, a major provider of patent searches, trademark searches, technical translations, and information retrieval services.avail