9 Concepts to Understand the Libpatent IP Graph

1 Visually explore the relationships between IP participants and assets.


The IP graph displays nodes and connecting lines, which represent entities involved in the US patent system and their interconnecting relationships.


The example below shows a graph built to explore an asset family's citation tree.


Example of reference and citation graph


2 Each node in the graph represents an entity.


At the time of writing, the IP graph can display nodes for patents, applications, companies, inventors, examiners, attorneys, law firms, ptab dockets, and ptab judges. Each entity type is represented by a different symbol, for example:


Circles represent inventors.
Hexagons represent companies
Diamonds represent patents


3 Nodes connected by a line have a relationship.


Many relationship types can be displayed, below is an example highlighting contacts between Intellectual Ventures 1 and other companies.


Example of graph edges


4 Clicking on a node or connecting line will show detail information


The sidebar shows details about the specific entity.


The side panel comprises buttons to view related reports, or add/remove related entities to the graph.


Example of graph edges


5 Drag and scroll with the mouse to pan and zoom the graph



6 Save & share the graphs you build


After constructing a graph that highlights parties and assets of interest, you may save it and access it later from your account dashboard.


The IP Graph also includes buttons to generate low-security shareable links, or invitations to collaborate with authenticated users.


Example of save and share buttons


7 It's Mostly Free


The IP Graph is available on the "freemium" model, and is freely available with some service limitations.


More access is available to users with accounts. If you find it useful, consider upgrading to a PRO service level. Your support matters.



8 On Data Quality


Isn't the publicly available patent data a mess with different names, spelling errors, and inaccuracies?


Yes it is, but Libpatent is built with technology that resolves the messy public record to de-duplicated entities. It's not perfect, yet -- but it's fairly accurate and improving every day.



9 Get Started


Search for an asset or company using the search facility, then click on the "view related assets and entities" button to enter the IP graph from the perspective of the search target.


Or jump in and look at an example graph using the button below.



View Example Graph