Whether you’re an inventor or an examiner at the patent office, having a little help to check for novelty doesn’t hurt. As an inventor, you may have hundreds of ideas but not as much resource as you need to back them all. As an examiner, there are thousands of applications waiting for your approval to be patents. How much prior art can you comb through alone?
This need for a resource saving tool is real. Inventors recognise it, and so do patent offices around the world.
Patent Offices the world over have begun taking the assistance of AI to help through the patent examination process. Patent examiners at the USPTO take on average about 22.5 hours to go through a patent application. The USPTO is bringing AI into the fold in a big way. The hope is that effective man hours per application is reduced. They are not the first to the AI party though!
|Patent Office||Use of AI|
|IP Australia||Patent Auto Classification (PAC) tool which aims to analyze the contents of patent applications and predict relevant technology groups enabling prioritization and allocation to appropriate patent examiner sections|
|Canadian Intellectual Property Office||Commercially available semantic search tools for assistance in prior art searches and citations|
|European Patent Office||Have developed business solutions using machine learning and AI for patent classification at various degrees of implementation for patent classification and prior art search|
|Japan Patent Office||Using text data of examined patent documents and the retrieval history of search queries used in the examinations, to suggest keywords and patent classifications that should be included in search queries|
|Intellectual Property Office Singapore||Exploring the use of NLP powered AI to run prior art searches in the patent examination process|
|UK Intellectual Property Office||Small scale trials using commercially available patent search tools including Derwent Innovation|
|USPTO||Experimenting with and developing AI to help in reducing human interference in the patent process.|
|Google Patent||Familiar interface, similar to google search|
|Espacenet||Easy to create complex search strings with simple inputs|
|PQAI||AI powered, natural language input with top ten results|
|Novelty Checker||Visual representation of ideas and suggestions for idea development|
|Patentscope||Authentic access to PCT applications|
|Freepatentsonline||Unique categorisation and listing for patent searches|
Some of these tools have become a favorite at patent offices. With you running your ideas through these tools you not only save time and money (read Attorney Fee), but with the patent offices joining the AI bandwagon, they may even tell you how likely you are to get that patent!