How to Search Using Concepts—IP Discovery Series #1

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It’s time for an exercise in IP discovery. How to Search Using Concepts is the first in a series of posts to illustrate concept-based intellectual property (IP) search techniques and results handling. This process will take you down the right paths, to the right documents, and even to the right people.

Right for what? We know search objectives vary: looking for prior art based on a new idea, assessing your company’s portfolio, or trying to find out if your innovation is worth pursuing. Perhaps you are exploring other work, looking for collaboration or technology transfer opportunities.

This IP Discovery Series walks you through the steps of your search in InnovationQ. It might not be an exact match to your purpose, but the principles and methods behind the tool suit any searcher. You need something easy, reliable, and productive. And you all need to find that needle in the technical literature haystack.

The Scenario

As a research scientist for a large pharmaceutical company, your team researches innovative solutions to immunology and immunotherapy challenges. Specifically, your research is focused on advancing chimeric antigen receptor-T (CAR-T) cell therapy to treat cancer.

Current approaches for CAR-T cell therapy target a single molecule. The problem is this molecule is sometimes shed as the cancer cell mutates, rendering treatment ineffective for some patients. You are researching a therapy method that targets multiple molecules, thus providing a stronger efficacy for the treatment.

Part of your strategy is to work with both internal and external resources. To expand your intellectual pool, you want to find out who is working on similar projects and determine whether scientific collaboration is feasible. You turn to InnovationQ to find recent work in this area, see how it is advancing, and identify any other researchers who might want to collaborate on a solution.

The Query

Faced with an empty search field in InnovationQ, the last thing you want to do is limit yourself. So, stop thinking about putting together a shallow list of keywords and start asking for what you really want. Create a concept search. This is not another automated search — it applies artificial intelligence. InnovationQ begins with Natural Language Processing (NLP), and its search algorithms are trained on patents and technical documents. Semantics-based InnovationQ overcomes tricky vocabulary and intentionally vague terminology. The system identifies key concepts, and then guides you to distill the information into answers.

Let’s try: Methods for improving the efficacy of CAR-T cell therapy by targeting multiple molecules on the surface of a cancerous tumor, especially in treating lymphoma

For what InnovationQ can handle, this is a short query. If you want to copy and paste excerpts from papers, emails, notes, or a summary of your research into the query field, go ahead.

The Search Content

Because you are looking for active work, you want to look at more than patent literature. InnovationQ holds over 100 million technical documents from worldwide sources. You get a wide variety of sources in one place. For your search, we’ll select both Patent and Non-Patent Literature content.

Concept query and content options

The Main Concept Modifiers & Filters

To provide more direction right off the bat, click on Advanced Query. From the Advanced Query Editor window, you can add concept modifiers (provide more or less emphasis on certain phrases) and Boolean filters (if you love your classic Boolean syntax, add that to the search parameters). This is the only system that gives you the power to combine semantic and Boolean searching.

The Query Editor for advanced queries

You are looking for recent work in this technology field, so let’s just narrow the search by Publication Date and cover the last five years. If you have a specific period in mind, you can enter that. You can narrow the time frame again or zoom in on date ranges from the results page.

Simply click Search, and in a few seconds you will have a list of millions of results, displayed by relevancy.

Search results, sorted by relevancy

Next week, we will show you what to do with that, in IP Discovery Series #2: What to do with Your Concept-Based Results.

For a demo of a search that is tailored to you, get in touch with IP.com.