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Automated process for identifying possible patent infringements

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000021202D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Jan-02
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Jan-02
Document File: 1 page(s) / 7K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Business process for automating searches for intellectual property infringement. With the significant increase in intellectual property that was created by the acceptance of business processes as a valid patent, the discovery and enforcement of infringement has become more onerous and is in need of automation.

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Automated process for identifying possible patent infringements

Using any automation language, such as XML or Java, create a script to interact with a database to pull key search words, conduct searches in selected web based search tools, compare results with previous entries, save results that have not been previously categorized. A web enabled tool is then used to review results with the ability to mark entries as ignore, delete, or investigate. Also permit a method to update the key words that are used to conduct the search.

Current practice by companies is to either prioritize their intellectual property and only investage a certain portion of the list or to ignore active investigation of infringement and only investigate issues that are brought to their attention. Both of these methods are inefficient and will result in a loss of revenue. By automating the process all intellectual property can be actively searched by computer during off-hours and an IP clerk can then review the results during business hours.

Most companies maintain a database of their intellectual property and implementation of this automation would require the addition of database fields to accomodate key words, search engine results, and status of the findings. Once the database has been modified the automation script will be able interact with the database.

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