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6. Frequently Asked Questions

Constantin BahlmannConstantin Bahlmann

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6.1 What is octimine?
6.2 What databases does octimine cover?
6.3 How often is the data updated?
6.4 In which language does our search engine operate?
6.5 I already work with Boolean searches. How can semantics help me?
6.6 I did a patent search and retrieved 1000 results. Is this normal?
6.7How can I identify the most relevant documents?
6.8 How can I know if my search was successful?
6.9 How can I get more information about a specific patent?
6.10 Why should I use the “harmonize applicants” feature?
6.11 Can I export my results?
6.12 Can I save my results?
6.13 Are my searches save with octimine?


6.1 What is octimine?
In layman´s terms, octimine is the easiest platform to analyse and search for patents. It will help you look at patents from a completely different angle and identify highly relevant documents that are missed by traditional Boolean methods.

6.2 What databases does octimine cover?
octimine provides access to more than 37 Million full-text patent documents from the EP, US, WO and German databases, dating from “[?]” to the present. Consequently, the patent you want to check should have at least one family member issued by any of these authorities. It is planned to include the CN, JP and KR and non-patent literature in the near future.

6.3 How often is the data updated?
We update our databases once per week. Once we have collected the data from different sources, DOCDB and EP Full-Text from EPO, US Full-Text from Reed Tech, WO Full-Text from WIPO, and DE Full-Text from LexisNexis, we start our update procedure which spans over two consecutive days, Thursdays and Fridays.

6.4 In which language does our search engine operate?
octimine´s search engine operates exclusively in English. Databases that are in a non-English language (e.g. German data) are machine translated into English.

6.5 I already work with Boolean searches. How can semantics help me?
Searching for patents has never been easier. Our algorithm works semantically, so you can just enter a patent number or copy-paste any text in its natural language and let octimine do the rest. octimine will understand the contextual meaning of your query, and identify for you the most relevant keywords. Unlike with traditional Boolean searches, there is no need to spend long hours searching for all possible string combinations.

Get highly relevant results in seconds. octimine was developed during years of research at the Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich and the Max-Planck-Institute. The algorithm was trained with over 20.000 combinations in order to come to the closest number of references stated by the patent examiners in previous cases. Hence, our algorithm has been specifically designed to analyse patents, so that extremely relevant results are retrieved at a record breaking speed. It will only take you a few seconds to identify the most relevant patents and get a detailed insight of the entire patent landscape.

Double check your results. octimine will help you enhance your initial patent search, and spot patents which cannot be found with traditional boolean methods. For example, since semantics does not rely on classification, you can extremely easily identify relevant patents which have been misclassified by patent examiners. Semantics does not substitute a Boolean search but it is its necessary complementary.

6.6 I did a patent search and retrieved 1000 results. Is this normal?
Yes, octimine will always provide you with the 1000 most similar patents to your query. All of the results are ranked by relevance in decreasing relevance order, so that the most similar documents to your query are positioned first.However, we only provide you with the 1000 most similar patents so that you can get a first overview of the entire patent landscape and consequently strongly recommend you to refine your search in order to just focus on the truly relevant patents. (view question 6).

6.7 How can I identify the most relevant documents?
There are various ways to refine your search:
Click on the graphs! All of the analytics are interactive, so you can click on any slice/ bar or cell of the graphs to focus on that specific area. All of the other analytics will be automatically readjusted to display only the filtered results and the result list will be shortened accordingly.

6.8 How can I know if my search was successful?
You can check whether you search was successful by visualizing the “Top IPC code graph”. If the query was properly understood, the black curve displaying the similarity should only exhibit one or very few well defined high peaks, and the highest peaks of the black curve should normally correspond to the most relevant IPC classes for your query. If no high peaks but just a multitude of low peaks (typically with indices below 350) of the black curve are observed, it is likely that octimine misunderstood your query and needs to be guided on where to search for more meaningful documents. This can be done by restricting your search to a suitable technological field or IPC code. Restricting your search to a specific IPC code, will help octimine focus on more relevant results. Note that high peaks in the black curve occurring for unexpected or apparently irrelevant IPC codes may also reveal important patent documents which have been misclassified. To form an opinion about the relevance of each IPC code within its respective hierarchy, please consult the WIPO IPC web page, which includes a link to the current version of the IPC:

http://www.wipo.int/classifications/ipc/en/

6.9 How can I get more information about a specific patent?
By clicking on the orange arrow next to a patent in the result list, you will be provided with further information about the desired patent.

6.10 Why should I use the “harmonize applicants” feature?
To avoid the corruption of analytics, you should use the “harmonize applicants” feature whenever you detect that the same applicant has filed patent under different names. It sometimes happens that the same applicant has filed patents under different names either because, a patent can be issued to more than one applicant name, an applicant my change name over time or use slightly different names in different countries.

6.11 Can I export my results?
Yes, the results can be exported as an Excel, CSV or PDF file. Simply click on the desired export format in the toolbar above the result list. You can either export the entire result list, the current page or only the desired selected patents.

6.12 Can I save my results?
Yes, you can always save your searches for later use. To save a search, simply click on the "save search" button that appears after running the search. Mark the entire result list or just the searches you wish to save. Enter a title that will enable you to identify the search later on. If desired, you can also add notes and remarks for a variety of annotation purposes. To find your saved queries, click on ‘Saved searches’ on the top left corner of the Menu Tab. You can edit the notes of the saved search by clicking on the icon folder but, please remember that is no longer possible to interact with the graphs. To remove a saved search, tick the box next to the document you want to remove and click the red cross button. To delete the entire list, click Select all and then Remove selected.

6.13 Are my searches save with octimine?
At octimine we work to protect the security of your information by using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption. We also regularly monitor our system for possible vulnerabilities, and we use extremely secure severs located in a data center in Germany. Access to these servers is restricted and a variety of sophisticated measures have been established to secure your data and protect it from unauthorized access. Per default your queries will be directly encrypted by your browser and decrypted on our servers in Germany. The search is analysed for a split second to calculate similarity to other documents and is immediately deleted.

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