6 Concepts To Understand the Network Graph

1 Each node in the graph represents an entity.

Circles represent inventors.
Hexagons represent companies
Diamonds represent patents

2 Nodes connected by a line have a relationship.

Example of graph edges

3 Clicking on a node or an edge will show detail information

The details panel may include links to explore more information.
For example, an edge based on assignment activity provides a link to see a list of assignments between the two entities.

Example of graph edges

4 Click on a node to add more related entities

Because some entities have so many relationships, entities are added each click, ordered by relevance.
When no more data is available, a message will appear.

Example of dense node

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

6 To start browsing, search for a company and click on the "view on network graph" link.

An example button is below, which will show the graph starting at the US Department of Energy.

View on Network Graph