Aureka Tracks Patent Data

 
 
By Timothy Dyck  |  Posted 2001-10-22 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

As much as we think software and business-process patents are harmful to the industry as a whole, patents are core to the R&D processes of many companies.

As much as we think software and business-process patents are harmful to the industry as a whole, patents are core to the R&D processes of many companies.

Aurigin Systems Aureka Silver lets companies discover what their competitors are trying to patent or have patented, as well as find out which other patents cite their own patents.

The online service starts at $1,250 for the first user per month, and a new version was launched Oct. 15. Aurigins database tracks 12 million patents held at four organizations: the U.S., European and Japanese patent offices and the World Intellectual Property Organization. The database is updated weekly and includes both issued patents and patent applications.

Aureka Silver can search for, and show, specific patents (which, at least for U.S. patents, can be done free online at www.uspto.gov). However, it also offers analysis features that, for example, let users see which inventors are producing the most patents in a given area.

The service can also show tree diagrams of relationships among patents and can provide a textual analysis of key words in a group of patents (see screen, above left), a new feature in this update. (Aurigins higher-end Aureka Gold is required to create the content cluster maps.)

 
 
 
 
Timothy Dyck is a Senior Analyst with eWEEK Labs. He has been testing and reviewing application server, database and middleware products and technologies for eWEEK since 1996. Prior to joining eWEEK, he worked at the LAN and WAN network operations center for a large telecommunications firm, in operating systems and development tools technical marketing for a large software company and in the IT department at a government agency. He has an honors bachelors degree of mathematics in computer science from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and a masters of arts degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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