Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
  2. Introduction to Patent Searching

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Doreen Alberts, Cynthia Barcelon Yang, Denise Fobare-DePonio, Ken Koubek, Suzanne Robins, Matthew Rodgers et al.
      Pages 3-43
    3. Veronika Stefanov, John I. Tait
      Pages 45-65
  3. Evaluating Patent Retrieval

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 67-68
    2. Ben Carterette, Ellen M. Voorhees
      Pages 69-85
    3. Mihai Lupu, Jimmy Huang, Jianhan Zhu
      Pages 109-124
    4. Anthony Trippe, Ian Ruthven
      Pages 125-143
  4. High Recall Search

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 145-146
    2. Richard Bache
      Pages 147-165
    3. Stephen Tomlinson, Bruce Hedin
      Pages 167-180
    4. Hany Azzam, Iraklis A. Klampanos, Thomas Roelleke
      Pages 181-195
    5. Peter Parapatics, Michael Dittenbach
      Pages 197-216
    6. Steffen Koch, Harald Bosch
      Pages 217-235
  5. Classification

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 237-237
    2. Karim Benzineb, Jacques Guyot
      Pages 239-261
    3. Cornelis H. A. Koster, Jean G. Beney, Suzan Verberne, Merijn Vogel
      Pages 263-286
    4. Christopher G. Harris, Robert Arens, Padmini Srinivasan
      Pages 287-304
  6. Semantic Search

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 305-306
    2. Hamish Cunningham, Valentin Tablan, Ian Roberts, Mark A. Greenwood, Niraj Aswani
      Pages 307-327
    3. Ted Briscoe, Karl Harrison, Andrew Naish, Andy Parker, Marek Rei, Advaith Siddharthan et al.
      Pages 329-342
    4. Andreas Pesenhofer, Helmut Berger, Michael Dittenbach
      Pages 357-371
    5. Hidetsugu Nanba, Hideaki Kamaya, Toshiyuki Takezawa, Manabu Okumura, Akihiro Shinmori, Hidekazu Tanigawa
      Pages 373-388
    6. John I. Tait, Barou Diallo
      Pages 389-407
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 409-415

About this book


Patents form an important knowledge resource –much technical information represented in patents is not represented in scientific literature – and at the same time they are important, and economically highly relevant, legal documents. Between 1998 and 2008, the number of patent applications filed yearly worldwide grew by more than 50 percent. Yet still we see a huge gap between, on the one hand, the technologies that emerged from research labs and are in use in major Internet search engines or in enterprise search systems, and, on the other hand, the systems used daily by the patent search communities.

In the past few years, the editors have organized a series of events at the Information Retrieval Facility in Vienna, Austria, bringing together leading researchers in information retrieval (IR) and those who practice and use patent search, thus establishing an interdisciplinary dialogue between the IR and the intellectual property (IP) communities and creating a discursive as well as empirical space for sustainable discussion and innovation. This book is among the results of that joint effort. Many of the chapters were written jointly by IP and IR experts, while all chapters were reviewed by representatives of both communities, resulting in contributions that foster the proliferation and exchange of knowledge across fields and disciplinary mindsets.

Reflecting the efforts and views of both sides of the emerging patent search research and innovation community, this is a carefully selected, organized introduction to what has been achieved, and perhaps even more significantly to what remains to be achieved. The book is a valuable resource for IR researchers and IP professionals who are looking for a comprehensive overview of the state of the art in this domain.


information retrieval knowledge management legal systems patent law text processing

Editors and affiliations

  • Mihai Lupu
    • 1
  • Katja Mayer
    • 2
  • John Tait
    • 3
  • Anthony J. Trippe
    • 4
  1. 1.Information Retrieval FacilityViennaAustria
  2. 2.Information Retrieval FacilityViennaAustria
  3. 3.Information Retrieval FacilityViennaAustria
  4. 4.3LP AdvisorsDublinUSA

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