Search for Innovation

Patents store large amounts of knowledge and give legal exclusive rights to the usage and implementation of inventions in our technology-driven world. To allow for an effective grant of new patents all past literature, especially patent publications, containing knowledge relevant to a certain degree need to be found. The search for innovation use case organizes a lab in CLEF 2011 to compare state of the art multilingual retrieval techniques for finding all patents relevant to a particular topic. Part of the CLEF-IP 2011 lab is a pilot task organized in connection with ImageCLEF that aims at comparing visual retrieval techniques and the influence that visual information analysis can have for finding all relevant patents.