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Illuminating the dark side of patent data

By YP Jou, Hua Chen, Steven Reiss and Leon Hsu

Patent data can be a powerful tool and rights holders today have more access to it than ever before. However, used incorrectly, it can lead them to adopt strategies that are less than sound

Patent data includes a huge quality and quantity of information. Qualitatively, the information is a multi-faceted collection of varied technical disclosures, legal content and government records. It includes technical jargon, plain language, graphics and reference citations. Quantitatively, for example, World Intellectual Property Organisation records include approximately 65.1 million patent documents as of August 31 2017 (Table 1), while European Patent Office records include approximately 99.6 million patent entries up to August 31 2017 (Table 2).

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