How much money can Family Cluster Searching save you?

Patent searchers have many options for patent searching, including a number of free patent search databases, or they already have subscription to other patent search databases. Given this, why should you invest in a subscription to Ambercite Family Cluster Searching

There are many good reasons for this – all which add up to significant cost savings for your organisation. These cost savings include:

  1. Saving valuable time spent on patent searching
  2. Finding otherwise hidden patents that can save your organisation signficant amounts of money in project and legal costs
  3. Avoiding outsourcing patent searching
  4. Corporate cost savings from running more searches prior to projects and patent filings,  since they are more cost effective
  5. Reducing subscriptions to other patent search databases


1) Saving valuable time spent on patent searching

Even if using a free search engine, a patent search using conventional processes can take a lot of time, firstly to formulate the query, and then review what could be hundreds of relevant results. Your time is not free – most patent searchers work in environments where they are expected to deliver something for a fixed budget.

In contrast, a Family Cluster Search can take seconds to run, and because the results are ranked for relevancy, can be reviewed in minutes. This can save you hours and hours of searching time saved, up to 90% of the total search time in some cases.  Or in the words of our users:

I can not appreciate how much work and time this program has saved us. Its capability to analyse all possible relevant patents in accordance to timeline, key words and other means are a great filtering tool. The degree of relevance highlighted by the thickness and type of arrows are even more helpful in eventually pinpointing a possible IP area to target the new technology”. – Kishan Nawzidh, Monash University

“Ambercite is a leap forward in efficiency and organization. I work very fast, through a number of patents with this platform, and it has significantly improved my patent research workflow. … Thank you for giving me the gift of time.” – Mark Hunter, M.D.,Director of Gynecologic Oncology, Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, University of Missouri

The top ranked patent, USxxxxxxx, was very good because it found an element that is hard to search for, i.e. ‘independent power settings’.  The ‘independent power settings’ are hard to search for because searching for something like “power near2 settings” would return several thousand hits ….  And it’s amazing that it came up first in your search…”  – Patent Examiner of a world leading patent office.

“I was able to uncover significantly more patents that were relevant to my topic, … much more quickly than when compared to a text based site.  I found the graphical representation very intuitive and easy to use.  It also opened up relevant areas that I would not have otherwise considered. – Mechanical Engineering Consultant, for a new product engineering company.

In just a few minutes I was able to find several relevant documents additional to International Search Reports”. Mr. Tudor Jovmir, Patent examiner

“I spent two days looking for a relevant patent for a client using a conventional search. The second patent took me 30 minutes to find with AmberScope” – R.W., Patent Attorney.


2) Finding otherwise hidden patents that can save your organisation signficant amounts of money in project and legal costs

The unique algorithms in Family Cluster Searching can find patents missed by conventional techniques – would this help your project?

A fantastic tool for technical/IP folk in terms of opportunity finding and to establish the landscape”. IP manager, global manufacturing company.

In 33% of our test cases with AmberScope we were able to find ‘X’ citations, i.e. patents highly relevant to novelty, that we did not find through any other search process we applied. Patent office.

“I was able to find a patent I had not seen before, even after 20 years in the technical area” – G.S, Patent Attorney

“I was looking for a prior art patent to invalidate a granted patent that was blocking a client’s product coming to market. I had tried a conventional patent search, and even a conventional citation search, but without luck. So I ran the search in AmberScope – and .. was able to find a prior art patent that essentially discloses the blocking patent. My client is now in a much better position to bring a product to market..” Gennaro Simonetta – Patent attorney, IP consultant – Griffith Hack

My role is more directly analyzing patents including claims, infringement and prior art. AmberScope appears exceptional for identifying prior art from anything else I’ve seen.” – Paul Morinville, CEO at OrgStructure, US


3) Avoiding outsourcing patent searching

Yes, there are some very low cost patent searcher out there, but the payment is only part of the cost. It takes time to instruct outsourced searchers, and time to review the results, and all of this time costs money.

But there is an additional cost to oursourcing. Outsourcing inevitably involves a delay – which means putting down the file, and picking up it again at a later date, and refreshing your memory. Maybe it would be easier to deal with the matter immediately.


4) Corporate cost savings of running more searches,  since they are more cost effective

All of these costs mean that sometimes patents searches are avoided when perhaps they could have been done – and could have found patents that might have had a real impact on projects, perhaps avoiding an expensive project when the prior art was not found, or avoiding filing a patent for the same reason.


5) Reducing subscriptions to other patent search databases

We actually encourage our users to use Ambercite along other patent search engines – a hybrid approach can be very effective.  And we know that many of our users do use a variety of search databases. However given the speed and unique of Cluster Searching, it might be possible to reduce your overall expenditure of patent search databases if you replace some of the seats on other patent search database with access to Cluster Searching. 



So there is the potential for significant cost savings when using Ambercite Cluster Searching, and this is Ambercite why developed this tool in the first place – because an associated patent law firm recognised the need to improve on current search processes. Cluster Searching is available for corporate or individual subscriptions at very competitive annual packages, much more cost effective than some other, more conventional patent search databases that we are aware of. API options are also available. 

Please contact us for further details of these subscription packages, and you too can be on your way to achieving these significant cost savings. 


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