Report:Thomson Innovation/Viewing Results/Analyzing Results/Charts and Graphs
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Charts and Graphs
Note: The analysis features of Thomson Innovation are described from a prior art searching perspective in this report.
For performing analysis of search results, Innovation also provides the user with powerful charting options. This gives the user the ability to create a graphical representation of search results that provides a powerful visual impact. There are four types of charts available: Bar, Pie, Line, and List.
A chart is created by first performing a search to create a result set (or opening up a Work File), then selecting Analyze from the toolbar, and finally choosing the Charts option. The Charts screen will then be displayed, as shown below.
From here, the user may select an existing Thomson Innovation Chart template, or create a new Custom template. After a few moments (during which time a progress bar is displayed), Innovation will display the newly created chart.
Note: In the Express version of Innovation, only the pre-defined charts are available, with no ability to save a chart as a Template. See Subscription Options for more information regarding Innovation Express.
The Charts feature within Thomson Innovation is a useful graphical tool for quick analysis of search results. Using Innovation’s charts, the user is able easily identify and present key competitors, people, technologies or trends. Flexible formatting options let the user present data in the most effective way - bar graph, line graph, or pie charts, with a variety of display and color options as well as support for multi-fielded ranked lists. The built-in Chart Templates, such as Top Assignees, Top Inventors, and Patent Publishing Trends, are also a valued feature. The main benefit of the charting feature in Innovation is that it offers a way to perform quick analysis without exporting data to an external application. However, for report quality charts, most users would benefit from using a more specialized program such as Microsoft Excel.
A Chart template is a set of saved chart properties. Thomson Innovation provides a collection of standard templates organized under five different sections, each one designed to illustrate a different aspect of a list of records. Chart properties include:
- Chart Type
- Visual Options
- 2D or 3D
- One record per INPADOC Family/Application Number (or No Collapse)
- Primary Field to Analyze (with option to remove unspecified items)
- Secondary Field to Analyze
- Tertiary Field to Analyze
- Number of Items for Primary Field
- Sort of Primary Field (alphabetically/by count and ascending/descending)
- Number of Items for Secondary Field
- Number of Items for Tertiary Field
Thomson Innovation includes 35 pre-configured Patent Chart templates divided under 5 different sections, as shown below.
- Assignee Charts
- Top Assignees
- Top Assignees by Year
- Top IPCs by Assignee
- Top Assignee Codes
- Top Countries by Assignee
- Top Assignees (Family Based)
- Documents by Assignee by Year
- Documents by Year by Assignee
- Top FI Codes per Assignee
- Top F-Terms per Assignee
- Inventor Charts
- Top Inventors
- Documents by Inventor by 1st Assignee by Year
- Documents By Year By 1st Assignee By Inventor
- Classifications Charts
- Top IPCs
- Top DWPI Classes
- Top DWPI Manual Codes
- Top DWPI Manual Codes by Year
- Top DWPI Manual Codes by Assignee
- Top DWPI Manual Codes by Country
- Top IPCs by Year
- Top IPCs by Country
- Top F-Terms
- Top FI Codes
- Top F-Terms per Year
- Top FI Codes per Year
- Top IPC Subclasses
- Citations Charts
- Forward Citation Frequency by 1st Assignee
- Backward Citation Frequency by 1st
- General Charts
- Patent Publishing Trends
- Top Countries
- Top Countries by Year
- Top Priority Country
- Document Count by Publication Year
- Documents by Publishing Country
- Document Pace of Filing
- Article Publishing Trends
- Top Organizations
- Top Authors
- Top Organizations by Year
- Top Journals
- Top Journals by Year
For a full list of all available pre-configured chart templates, see this section of the Thomson Innovation help file.
Editing a Chart
A chart may be edited at any time by clicking Edit on the Chart toolbar. The Chart Properties window displays, as shown below.
Additionally there are several options available for altering the appearance of a chart:
Users can also select the "Data Colors" option to change the colors assigned to specific data elements in the chart.
Saving a Chart
There are four different options for saving a chart in Thomson Innovation. Charts can be saved to their system folder, or to a public or personal folder. See Saving Results for more information.
- Save Chart: Selecting ‘Save’ then ‘Chart’ from the toolbar saves the chart in the default folder in the Saved Work area. Links to the list used to create the chart are retained.
- Save Template: Choosing ‘Save’ then ‘Template’ saves the chart as a template in the "Your Saved Templates" area of the Charts screen. Links to the list used to create the chart are not retained.
- Save Data as Work File: The user may also choose to save the Data as a Work File which will create a new Work File containing the list items used to create your chart.
- Save JPEG Image: A chart can also be saved as a JPEG image. Choosing this option will create an image of the chart in the JPEG format and save it to the user’s local hard drive.
Other Chart Options
Through the toolbar shown above the chart, users have these additional options (beside Save and Edit):
- Export the chart data via Thomson Innovation's Exports and Reports feature.
- Print the chart in a printer-friendly format. Be sure to select landscape mode before printing.
Shown below are some sample charts created in Thomson Innovation:
- ↑ "Charts." Thomson Innovation website, http://www.thomsoninnovation.com/tip-innovation/support/help/the_charting_center.htm. Accessed September 18, 2012.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 "Charts Gallery." Thomson Innovation website, http://www.thomsoninnovation.com/tip-innovation/support/help/charts_gallery.htm. Accessed September 18, 2012.