European Conference on Information Retrieval

ECIR 2011: Advances in Information Retrieval pp 725-728

Simple vs. Sophisticated Approaches for Patent Prior-Art Search

  • Walid Magdy
  • Patrice Lopez
  • Gareth J. F. Jones
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-20161-5_80

Volume 6611 of the book series Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS)
Cite this paper as:
Magdy W., Lopez P., Jones G.J.F. (2011) Simple vs. Sophisticated Approaches for Patent Prior-Art Search. In: Clough P. et al. (eds) Advances in Information Retrieval. ECIR 2011. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 6611. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg

Abstract

Patent prior-art search is concerned with finding all filed patents relevant to a given patent application. We report a comparison between two search approaches representing the state-of-the-art in patent prior-art search. The first approach uses simple and straightforward information retrieval (IR) techniques, while the second uses much more sophisticated techniques which try to model the steps taken by a patent examiner in patent search. Experiments show that the retrieval effectiveness using both techniques is statistically indistinguishable when patent applications contain some initial citations. However, the advanced search technique is statistically better when no initial citations are provided. Our findings suggest that less time and effort can be exerted by applying simple IR approaches when initial citations are provided.

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Walid Magdy
    • 1
  • Patrice Lopez
    • 2
  • Gareth J. F. Jones
    • 1
  1. 1.CNGL, School of ComputingDublin City UniversityDublinIreland
  2. 2.INRIA & Humboldt Universitat zu BerlinGermany