IBM tests Intellectual Property (IP) scan tool with U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

WASHINGTON, October 31, 2022 IBM today announces a demonstration project with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to test an artificial intelligence (AI)-based intellectual property (IP) analysis tool, IBM IP Advisor with Watson Demonstration System. Leverage conversational AI technology with IBM Watson Wizardand content exploration and guided navigation solutions with IBM Watson Discoverythe system is designed to help users discover and analyze relevant patent data more efficiently, freeing them up for strategic value-added tasks.

Information that is publicly known before the effective filing date of a US patent application, such as currently owned and similar US patents and published patent applications, is called prior art. When an inventor has an idea for a new product, a prior art survey can be helpful in understanding the landscape of the invention field by assessing not only the prior art, but also competitors and opportunities for innovation in the field. However, with the continued increase in the number of patent applications filed and the growing volume of patent data, finding relevant and accurate information and analyzing prior art can be difficult and time consuming. , especially for new inventors, high street retailers and consumers. not steeped in patent law. IBM aims to help meet this challenge and promote greater participation in the innovation process with IBM IP Advisor with Watson Demonstration System.

By enabling natural language processing of queries with IBM Watson Discovery technology, the demo system can help users locate relevant information using their own terminology, without the need to use specific terms and complex methods. And leveraging IBM Watson Assistant conversational AI technology as a guide, users can ask questions to the built-in virtual agents to better inform and optimize their patent analysis.

IBM IP Advisor with Watson Demonstration System uses a subset of publicly available US patent data and is available for public testing and comment on the USPTO Open Data Portal through November 30, 2022.

“Research and analysis of prior art is the foundation of a successful product or service launch, but the growth of prior art coupled with the need for appropriate keywords and the right patent classifications can be a barrier to entry for the everyday inventor,” said Steve La Fleche, Managing Director, US Public and Federal Markets for IBM. “I’m proud of our work with the USPTO in support of their goal to not only deploy smarter technology, but also to build a better and more accessible IP system.”

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