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word trends™: How It Works

Posted by The Innovation Team at Microsystems on Dec 23, 2015 8:00:00 AM

word_trendsWhat is word trends?™

Like fashion, words go in and out of style. When was the last time you heard someone say “groovy,” for instance? Similarly, you would have been greeted with bewildered stares if you used the word “hashtag” 20 years ago.

But this changing power of vocabulary goes beyond common convesation at the water cooler. It also affects the strength of a patent application.

Knowing this, the team at Patent Companion spent countless hours interviewing experts, conducting surveys, and researching patent construction. But beyond that, our groundbreaking word trends™ feature analyzed words from every accepted patent since 1976. This exclusive feature (patent pending) examines the word for historical usage, indicating whether it’s increased or decreased in popularity.

How Does word trends™ Do It?

Word Trends’ extensive database instantly finds a word and analyzes its historical impact. The revolutionary feature also lets you choose between the nine  CPC patent classifications, such as “Human Necessities,” “Operations and Transport,” “Chemistry and Metallurgy,” and so on. (Or, if desired, “All Classifications.”)

Word Trends is a simple, intuitive three-step process that literally takes seconds.

  1.        Click on the Word Trends link at the top of the page,
  2.        Enter the word in the search bar that appears,
  3.        Choose a patent classification.

With a click of a button, Word Trends provides an easy-to-understand chart that illustrates a word’s usage in successful patents over the years. But in addition, providing one word’s impact, Word Trends automatically provides similar words and charts their impact over the years, as well. So if you type in “substrate,” Word Trends automatically provides charts for “surface,” “substance,” matter,” and more. The feature puts charts next to each other, so you can easily choose which word works best.

Word Trends also provides the historical usage of words in both the claim and specification sections of a patent application, providing even more specificity about the word’s impact.

Let’s use an example here: Say you want to use a verb that indicates someone moving rapidly, and you want to see which word has the most impact. You type “run jump skip” into the search bar, click “Trend,” and Word Trends produces three charts that illustrates each word’s usage over the years. Word Trends shows that “run” is the more popular word, but its usage is trending downward. Meanwhile, “skip” is trending higher, but was used in fewer claims. These charts give you the option to choose which word works better in which context.

The other features of Patent Companion help you create a solid patent, to be sure. With Similar Spelling, you make sure your language is precise. Antecedent Basis helps fix inconsistencies in your patent.  Word Trends helps you take your application to the next level to ensure its words are the most powerful. Or, you know, the most groovy.


Patent Companion is available now! For a free 14-day trial of the full version, including word trends™, click here.

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