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Introduction

Ambercite is a provider of tools and services to search and classify the patent landscape based on the advanced analysis of citation data. These include:

  • Amberscope, which has a graphical user interface that forms an interactive patent network around a patent of interest (seed patent). Tools are provided to filter this network, determine the most similar and important patents in the network, rate the patents, remember your search history save and send project results, and even identify indirectly connected patents that may be relevant.
  • Automated Search Reports. Four different reports are currently available, each produced using proprietary algorithms. These reports can a) identify potential prior art missed by the examiner, b) find potential licensees even in the absence of direct forward citation connections, c) rank the relative strength of the direct citations around a seed patent, or d) review and rank a portfolio of patents while listing the most likely licensees and most similar forward and backward citations.
  • Network Patent Analysis which can characterize a complex patent landscape and simultaneous rank and cluster patents. Outputs are provided in the forms of patent landscape maps and matching lists of patent ranking and groupings. Ambercite has published white papers describing patent landscapes in the areas of hybrid cars [1], smartphone patents [2] and Alzheimer's treatments[3].

Availability

  • Amberscope is currently available online at no cost in a beta version, although this will shortly change to access via paid subscriptions at prices ranging from $39 for a simple project, and including monthly subscriptions starting from US$199. Yearly subscriptions are also available.
  • Automated Search Reports are available on a case by case basis starting from $299. An API feed is also available to larger organisations. About 1 to 2 days is required to produce and send a report.
  • Network Patent Analysis is currently available on a project basis, with the cost of preparing a patent landscape at around US$10,000 per project (which can include the analysis of up to several hundred thousand patents). Projects take about two weeks after final sign-off from clients.

Sources

  1. Hybrid car technologies – what can the advanced patent analysis method Network Patent Analysis (NPA) tell us about the leading companies and patents? January 2011. Accessed on June 23, 2014.
  2. The Smartphone Patent Wars March 2011. Access on 23 June 2014.
  3. Clearing the fog: Patenting trends for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease April 2012. Accessed on 23 June 2014.

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