SAN JOSE, Calif. — Patent Hive announced today the launch of a free, public patent search tool. The search feature not only presents the user with relevant patent results from the Patent Hive database, but also offers a slew of visualization options. For instance, users can view charts based on the search term that provide insights into related patents issued over time, top businesses holding related patents, top inventors, a breakdown of classes represented, and more. The search box can be accessed via the Patent Hive homepage.
"After receiving positive feedback about our beta visual search feature, we decided to make this innovative tool available to the public," said Dr. Alon Konchitsky, Patent Hive's CEO. "Anyone interested in patent trends in any field should take a moment to run a search and may be surprised by the results."
For instance, the charts accessible via a search for "smartphone" patents on September 9, 2013 show that the top assignees for related patents include expected major players Microsoft, Apple, Google, HP, and Qualcomm, as well as some less visible companies that nevertheless play an important role in the space (such as Nuance Communications, which partnered with Apple to provide the iPhone's Siri service). They also show interesting trends regarding filing of related patents, with an initial bump in 2004 (when iPhone development began) and large increases in the years immediately following the iPhone's public announcement in 2007.
About Patent Hive
Patent Hive (http://www.patenthive.com) intelligently automates valuation, portfolio management, business intelligence, analytics, and competitive analysis in the patent space. The Silicon Valley startup currently offers these tools through its online beta program. For the first time, businesses have a viable alternative to the extremely expensive, complex, and time-consuming process of manually managing and evaluating their patent portfolios or those of competitors. Patent Hive offers timely access to critical information when it is needed most.