Use case: I have created a keyword search that does not show company 'xyz' within the landscape. I know that they operate in this space. How can I ensure that they are included in the landscape report?

Creating a keyword search:

Create a keyword search in Cipher to identify the patents in a particular technology space and who owns them, as well as understand the activity of established organisations and new entrants.

Use keywords and boolean operators to enter a search query into the keyword search. Cipher will return a number of patent families from your search query.

For example, for the search query below, Cipher returns 98,464 patent families.

Technology clusters:

Cipher will take the 98,464 patent families from your search and generate technology clusters. (See suggested articles below on how technology clusters are determined and named). 

In your report, Cipher will show the first 1000 organisations that have patent families in the technology area.

The problem:
Your search does not include all of the organisations that you expected and Cipher returns irrelevant results. For example:

  • The search string may not be broad enough to cover the organisations you would expect to see in your report.

  • The patent may be described and the invention may use terminology that is not covered by your search string.

The solution:
Combine a keyword search with an organisation search.

1. Create a keyword search, as above. 

2. Before generating your report, switch to the organisation search to add one or more organisations into your report.

For example:

The report below contains the search query:

((3 OR three) AND dimens*) OR (model AND print*) OR ((prototy* OR 3D OR dimension* OR (add* AND layer)) AND (print* OR form* OR produc* OR manufact*)) AND (ALM OR “additive layer” OR “additive manufacture” OR “additive manufacturing”)

However, this search string is not broad enough to cover the organisations (Proto Labs Inc, SLM Solutions Group AG and Nano Dimension Tech Ltd) you expect to see in the report. 

Add the organisations: Proto Labs Inc, SLM Solutions Group AG and Nano Dimension Tech Ltd, into your report.

3. Choose to cluster ONLY the Boolean search query. (Read the suggested article below to find out the difference between clustering one or multiple organisations/technologies).

4. Run your report. The report will generate technology clusters from the search query. 

Cipher will map patents from the added companies into the technology clusters generated from the initial search query. 

For example, the image below shows that Proto Labs has 7 patent families that fall into the technology cluster 'Three dimensional object...'

The similarity between the patent families of the added organisations and the technology clusters is based on citation graphs and a similarity matrix. 

i.e. Cipher considers the degree of cross over between patent families (from the added organisations) and technology clusters based on forward and backward citations. 

From the image above, it is clear that the added organisations have technologies that map onto the clusters created from the search string. 

However, the reason why the initial report (containing only the search string) did not include the above organisations may have been because the Boolean search string was not broad enough and/or the patent families from the added organisations used different terminologies and were likely described differently.

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