Cluster vs conventional searching – a feature by feature comparison

A common question for us is – how does Cluster Searching compare to conventional searching?

Which is an important question, so we have prepared a simple table:

Feature

Cluster Searching

Conventional searching  (subscription or free databases)

Simple bibliographic details in search results

Yes

Yes

Advanced bibliographical details in search results

Not directly, but a hyperlink to full bibliographical details is provided. Listed patent numbers can also imported into other databases for further details

Yes

Searching based on relevant patent numbers only, avoiding the need to make predictions on likely keywords or class codes

Yes

Sometimes

Listing of direct patent citations

Yes

Yes

Ranking of patents found based on likely similarity to known patent numbers

Yes

No

Inclusion of indirect ‘unknown’ citations in search results

Yes

No

Keyword searching

No, but this can be done in many free or subscription search engines

Yes

Class code searching

No, but this can be done in many free and subscription search engines

Yes

Ranking of potential importance patents by a simple quality predictors

Yes, being AmberScore

Only found in a small number of search engines

Direct ability to hide unwanted results in advance from search results

Yes

No

Ability to apply keyword searching on results found

Only on title, owner and patent number fields

Generally in many fields

Date filtering on results

Yes

Yes

Direct prediction of Licensing Potential for patents found

Yes

No

‘Like’ button on results found

Yes

No

Automatic marking of new patents during iterative search processes

 Yes

No 


Images in lists of results
Not directly – only via the lookups we provide Sometimes

 

So which is best? Each approach has their strengths and weaknesses. For this reason, our honest recommendation is to use both – this is what most of our clients do, to their great satisfaction (our list of testimonials is found here).

 

Do you want to try Cluster Searching yourself?

For a demonstration and free trial, please contact us.

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