Art. 06 – Vol. 21 – No. 4 – 2011

Research and Innovation through the ProInova Patent Management System

Ágnes Sebestyén-Pál
Gheorghe Sebestyén-Pál
Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Computer Science Department, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Marius Bulgaru
Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, TCM Department, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Abstract: The results and ultimately the success of innovation and research activities are highly dependent on a well-founded documentation process and inherently on the availability and the use of quality information sources. As argued in this paper, patents have a great potential as such valuable information source, with the condition that their availability and use is enabled and promoted by an efficient patent management system. While there are several official patent databases offering online access to patent documents, there is a considerable lack of patent managing services and an integrated repository system to incorporate these services. This paper presents the model for a patent repository and describes its collection of services that address specific patent processing tasks. As such, the repository addresses the issue of patent availability through patent harvesting, and assists its users in the process of information retrieval through services like patent processing, patent searching and report generation.

Keywords: patent repository; document harvesting; information retrieval; semantic search; document classification; innovation.

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