A new startup call Trea has just launched a new visualization tool that establishes a dynamic user interface to all of the patent data available on the US Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) massive public database. The full details of this appeared in a July 30, 2014 report on Gigaom.com entitled Powerful New Patent Service Shows Every US Invention, and a New View of R&D Relationships.
Trea’s UI not only illustrates whom is patenting what, but also types of fields (for example, data processing, telecom, chips, and so on). It is expected to be useful to inventors, corporate competitors, investors, journalists, academics, and I would also venture to say lawyers specializing in intellectual property practice.
The features described in this article along with accompanying screen captures include:
- A “unified knowledge graph”, a networking representation of relationships between and among inventors.
- A means to further zoom in on a single inventor and his or her collaborators.
- A “notary feature” that permits inventors to encrypt and submit “diagrams and ideas” and receive a time-stamped receipt.
I suggest a full read of this story for the details of Trea’s business plans and the sampling of three highly informative graphics their product generates.
The visualization of government data sets continues to draw the interest of such entrepreneurs. Just to provide an initial sense of the breadth of governmental data available for these efforts, have a look at the categories and the data sets made publicly available by the US government can be viewed and downloaded at Data.gov. Similar data sets are available elsewhere online on the state and local levels across the U.S.
Furthermore, I once again recommend reading Smart Cities by Anthony Townsend as I wrote about in my April 9, 2014 post about the developers involved in transforming the availability and analytics of civic data.