If you are into patent tech, the Gaylord National Resort convention center was the place to be last week. Most of the extremely small number of patent tech startups in the world were represented at the AIPLA (American Intellectual Property Law Association) national meeting, all in the 30 foot section of the convention center, “Startup Alley.”
Two-thirds of the almost 150 patent lawyers and agents we talked to over the last year, describe duplicates in the returned results as a major problem with current search tools. We have a plan for removing duplicates that appears to be working pretty well in testing. The best part is that we can use what we learned finding duplicates to add even more value platform. We’ll talk about our solution in a future post.
At first multiple Shia LaBeouf's was fun...
Dorothy uses natural language processing to search the patent database. Many search platforms have semantic search capabilities which seem to vary in their effectiveness. Like Dorothy, the semantic search query is a plain English description of the thing being searched. You are probably asking yourself, “What’s the difference?”
Patents are REALLY important in the pharmaceutical industry. Taking a new drug to market cost $3-$5 billion and can take up to 16 years thanks to the arduous FDA approval process. Even though many patents that cover new drugs have less 5 years pendency after the drug is approved for sale, 80% of the overall revenue pharmaceutical companies make are tied directly to a patent claiming an approved drug. VC’s and institutional investors understand this, and rarely invest in drugs that are not covered by at least one patent. Basically, if you are going to raise money for a biotech company and/or you want to recoup the cost of bringing the drug to market you are going to need a patent.
Meeting with Mike Shamos, patent lawyer, distinguished career professor and the Carnegie Mellon Language Technology Institute, and co-founder of DorothyAI, is always a treat. After explaining various problems that we all agree are extremely difficult maybe impossible, Mike walks to the dry erase board in his office and begins outlining a solution. He goes on to describe numerous applications for the solution all of which solve problems patent lawyers have faced for decades. He’s like a fountain of good ideas.
In 1978, Kenny Rogers recorded maybe the greatest song about being a startup founder ever. The advice The Gambler imparts on his young protege on that train bound for nowhere has gotten me Ythrough some rough times, but it is particularly relevant to my role as CEO of DorothyAI.
Being an adult sucks. Remember when you were in school? The moment you leave your last class all of the stress of the semester was washed away. You were free with nothing to worry about.
It’s back to school time. The neighborhood kids are back to work learning the basics: reading, writing, arithmetic, and Java or C, maybe Python. Let’s hope they’re are also developing an appreciation for learning and a hunger for knowledge.
You might be surprised to know that we are not searching for perfection at DorothyAI.