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IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000004818D
Publication Date: 2001-Jun-15

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A computer based method and apparatus for mining data from a patent-related document having a number of independent claims including the steps of analyzing the patent-related document and identifying a section of the document containing claims of the patent-related document and determining which of the claims are independent in nature. The invention also provides a method and apparatus for ranking a set of patents according to strength.