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Scalable Visual Patent Analysis

The project "Scalable Visual Patent Analysis" is funded by the German Sciene Foundation DFG as part of the priority program  1335: "Scalable Visual Analytics". It builds upon the research results of the EC-Project "PatExpert". The project is a cooperation of the Statistical Natural Language Processing group led be Prof. Ph.D. Schütze and the Graphical Interactive Systems group headed by Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Thomas Ertl.

 

Patent analysis has become an important economic task in recent years. Due to the multidimensional nature of patent data, their heterogeneity, and often poor quality, exhaustive analysis of this data is time-consuming and error-prone. Exhaustiveness in terms of good data coverage (recall), however, is a key-factor for high-quality patent analysis, because missing important patent information can result in severe economic consequences.
The main idea of this project is therefore to research and develop new approaches for the integration of user-tailored interactive visual exploration methods and advanced text analytics methods in the field of intellectual property analysis. The power of interactive visualization can be enhanced greatly if the underlying text data are analyzed, filtered and classified using advanced text analytics methods. Classical information retrieval is not sufficient with respect to recall in the patent domain.
This project aims to develop new methods for patent analysis that greatly improve the state of the art in terms of effectiveness and reliability, thus establishing a new form of scalable visual patent analysis.

Project Publications

2011

Koch, Steffen; Bosch, Harald: From Static Textual Display of Patents to Graphical Interactions. In: Lupu, Mihai and Mayer, Katja and Tait, John and Trippe, Anthony J.: The Information Retrieval Series: Current Challenges in Patent Information Retrieval. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2011.
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EdgeAnalyzer: Exploratory Analysis through Advanced Edge Interaction
Panagiotidis, Alexandros; Bosch, Harald; Koch, Steffen; Ertl, Thomas: EdgeAnalyzer: Exploratory Analysis through Advanced Edge Interaction. In: Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, pp. 1-10, 2011.
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2010

Jochim, Charles; Lioma, Christina; Schütze, Hinrich; Koch, Steffen; Ertl, Thomas: Preliminary Study into Query Translation for Patent Retrieval. In: Proceedings of the 3rd international workshop on Patent information retrieval, pp. 57-66, 2010.
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Oesterling, Patrick; Scheuermann, Gerik; Teresniak, Sven; Heyer, Gerhard; Koch, Steffen; Ertl, Thomas; Weber, Gerhard: Two-stage Framework for a Topology-Based Projection and Visualization of Classified Document Collections. In: IEEE Symposium on Visual Analytics Science and Technology (VAST), pp. 91-98, 2010.
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2009

Innovative Filtering Techniques and Customized Analytic Tools
Bosch, Harald; Heinrich, Julian; Müller, Christoph; Höferlin, Benjamin; Reina, Guido; Höferlin, Markus; Wörner, Michael; Koch, Steffen: Innovative Filtering Techniques and Customized Analytic Tools. In: Proc. IEEE Symp. on Visual Analytics Science and Technology, 2009. VAST'09, pp. 269-270, 2009.
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Iterative Integration of Visual Insights during Patent Search and Analysis
Koch, Steffen; Bosch, Harald; Giereth, Mark; Ertl, Thomas: Iterative Integration of Visual Insights during Patent Search and Analysis. In: IEEE Symposium on Visual Analytics Science and Technology 2009. VAST '09, pp. 203-210, 2009.
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