Invention AnalysisLast Updated: January 14, 2019
LOCI Search doesn't just offer next-level searching features. We've also included a useful addition to the platform that we dub, Invention Analysis. Through four easy steps, our artificial intelligence is able to determine the novelty of your idea, show related patents, and even offer some guidance through a LOCI Score and useful keywords.
Sounds great, doesn't it? You're able to test your idea, understand it's market, and more, all without leaving your couch. Instead of spending thousands on a patent attorney that might give you a vague, "eh, probably won't fly," let LOCI be your guiding light.
We get a lot of questions on how it works, what the information means, and more. So we've put together this quick information article to outline some of the most frequently answered questions.
What is a LOCI Score?
Your LOCI Score is a quantitative representation of how unique or patentable your idea *may* be. Here at LOCI, we call this ‘novelty.’
Score Ranges and Meanings:
- 1-40: A score in this range is BAD. It indicates that your invention/idea heavily overlaps another existing patent and may indicate plagiarism.
- 40-70: A score in this range is AVERAGE. It indicates that your invention/idea *may* be patentable and is fairly average when compared with the novelty of other ideas in our database.
- 70-90: A score in this range is GOOD. We like to call this our SWEET SPOT. It indicates that you’ve represented your ideas sufficiently and that there is novelty worthy of patentability.
- 90-100: A score in this range is *potentially* GOOD. It indicates a high level of novelty; however, the idea may be so novel that it could be unpatentable and may not work.
What are the Top Related Documents?
Believe it or not, you don’t want a 100% on this test! These are the existing patents most similar to the idea you’ve submitted for analysis. Therefore, please note that in this section, it is better to have an overall lower average matching percentage than receiving a higher percentage on related documents.
What can I do with this score?
Using this LOCI Score, you can determine next steps for what you want to do with your idea. Next steps will be different for everyone, so below you will find some suggestions based on the score ranges.
- 1-40: (BAD) Suggested next steps include: 1) research the inventions that came back with the highest percentage matching, 2) identify where the overlaps are, and 3) consider rewriting the description of your idea.
- 40-70: (AVERAGE) Suggested next steps include: 1) research all related documents AND classification codes, 2) identify which classification your idea best fits, and 3) review alternate classifications for your idea and see if there is a unique use case that you hadn’t already considered.
- 70-90: (GOOD) Suggested next steps include: 1) use and review the top related documents to identify where your prior art is, 2) prepare to stake your idea on the blockchain through our system, and 3) consider filing for a patent.
- 90-100: (*potentially* GOOD) Suggested next steps include: 1) identify if your idea is actually feasible/possible, 2) identify that the idea isn’t blocked from being patented, and if these queries are successful, 3) consider staking your idea on the blockchain and/or filing a patent.
What do the related scores mean?
- 80% and higher: This matches too closely to your submission; therefore, your submission is in danger of being considered plagiarism if you proceed in the patenting process.
- 50-80%: This is a close match and is indicative of strong prior art.
- 30-50%: This is a fairly close match and is indicative of good prior art.
- 0-30%: This match may include some related prior art, but it’s unlikely to be useful.
What are the Classifications?
These are the classification codes (CPCs) that best fit your idea.These codes help identify where inventions fit in the world of innovation. Not only is this useful information to know where your idea belongs, but perhaps, more importantly, for you to consider other possible use cases that may apply to your idea.