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Innovall is a pilot search product for patents, trademarks, and design rights that will be introduced into several test countries in Europe (Belgium, Italy, Portugal, and Spain) for further development.[1] The Innovall website describes the unique search methodology used in the system:[1]

The methodology used by the search tool, which is based on the eContent feasibility study INNOVATRIX, improves on the common word-only search model. The user is asked to insert an Action and a Subject (e.g. "reduce friction"), to which synonyms are then added (e.g. "decrease", "reduce", "grip", "resistance") to capture conceptually related documents, rather than just the ones where the exact words appear.

A presentation on the Innovall website states that the search system utilizes a database of over 10 million patent documents, and the system runs on a web-browser platform.[2]

The producers of Innovall include a number of partnering companies from all over Europe, including:[3]

  • Inova+ (Coordinator, Portugal)
  • CREAX (Technical aspects of search tool, Belgium)
  • Cybion (Business Plan, Italy)
  • IPN (Recruiting organizations to validate service, Portugal)
  • Universidad de Alicante (All project activity in Spain)
  • Infobalt (Gathering of market data and dissemination activities in the Baltic States, Lithuania)

According to the eTEN portal, the project began in October 2007 and ended in June 2009.[4]

Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Welcome to Innovall." Innovall website, http://www.innovall.eu/. Accessed October 6, 2011.
  2. "Innovall." PowerPoint presentation on Innovall website at http://www.innovall.eu/GeneralPresentation.ppt. Accessed October 6, 2011.
  3. "Partners." Innovall website, http://www.innovall.eu/index.php?page=partners. Accessed October 6, 2011.
  4. "Project Factsheets :: eTEN :: INNOVALL." eTEN website, http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/activities/eten/cf/opdb/cf/project/index.cfm?mode=detail&project_ref=ETEN-046223. Accessed February 13, 2012.

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