Once you have built a landscape for your search results there are various options available to you which enable you to view different objects on the landscape as well as being able to change its settings.
On the top-left of the screen, there are various options available. They are briefly explained below:
Using this option you are able to see your landscapes as well as landscapes that have been shared with you. With your own landscapes, you can share, copy or delete them. You can also search for specific landscapes.
Using this option you can choose which patents are used to generate the landscape. This can be done by using either a search query, a Workspace or an Insights report. If you want to use a search query to do this, you can add a condition to your query, exclude expired patents (we currently have data for this for 25 jurisdictions) and select the number of patents that are used to generate the landscape.
Using this option you can view the patents on the landscape. This can be done by selecting the "Show All" option which enables you to view the patents individually as dots or see the number of patents in each cluster in bar representation on the landscape. You can also choose to hide expired patents from the landscape. You are also able to choose a series of groups so that the patents that fit into these groups will be displayed in a different color on the landscape (you can choose whether 4 or 8 groups are displayed here). You can also change what is displayed on the list by using the drop-down menu. Furthermore, you can search within the list itself.
Using this option you can find out where a potential idea of yours would fit within the landscape. If you select the "Add Text Paper" option you will then be able to type your idea (this can be up to 10000 characters long) into the text box and upload a TXT file (this can be up to 1MB in size) regarding your idea. If you then click the "Add" option you will be able to see where your idea would fit within the landscape. Its position is calculated by analyzing the keywords in your abstract and comparing them with the titles and abstracts of other patents in the dataset and will use term frequency to determine exactly where your idea should be positioned within the landscape. This is useful because it enables you to identify which of the patents on the landscape would need further investigation in the determining of whether there would be any potential infringement risks if you were to put your idea into practice. Once you have done this, you can edit and delete your idea as well as see the position of more of your ideas on the landscape. You can also remove any papers that failed to register within the landscape from within your text papers list.
Using this option you are able to search within the results used to generate the landscape. To do this you can either use a simple search using just keywords or do a field search using more in-depth search fields. Once you have done your search you will notice that the resulting patents are displayed on the landscape in a different color than the rest of the patents. You are then able to add these patents to a Workspace or export them.
It is also possible to create mark sets using these search results, all you need to do is to click on "Create Mark Set" and then choose a name and a color. You can view a full list of your sets, and manage them, by clicking on the "Sets Manager" button. Keep in mind that these sets will disappear once you close your Landscape.
Using this option, you can watch an animation which shows how the landscape has been generated over time. From here you are able to choose the time range for your animation (which is in terms of the publication years of the patents used to create your landscape), select the runtime for your animation, or select the 'Show Bars in Animation' and "Remove Patent Dot Upon Expiry" options. Once happy, click on the "Generate" button to generate the animation.
Using this option, you are able to change various settings for the landscape. From here you can change the theme for the landscape as well as show the contours on the landscape. You can also change various settings for the labels on the landscape. You can change the types of labels that are used on the landscape (keywords/categories (NBER labels)/standardized current assignee or no labels at all), edit the labels, filter out words from the labels, change the size of the labels and turn the label background on and off. As well as this you can view the clusters used in the landscape and view them as either a list or a word cloud. You can also change the graphic settings for the landscape.
At the bottom-left of the screen, you can see various options which allow you to see particular types of patents on the landscape. These are:
Using this you are able to see which patents in your landscape have had litigation issues. This will enable you to get a strong idea of which particular technology fields could provide you with potential litigation issues if you were to try to work within them and where you would be free of these.
Using this you are able to see which patents in your landscape have had licensing agreements applied to them. This will enable you to get a good idea of who is working together as well as what particular technology fields have had a lot of collaboration between particular companies.
Using this you are able to see which patents in your landscape have been valued highly specifically those valued over $1,000,000 (you can find out more about the methodology used for patent valuation here: How Does PatSnap Valuation Work?). This will enable you to get a firm idea of what is considered as particularly valuable patents in a given technology field which will allow you to see what technologies are considered as especially important.
Using this you are able to see what areas of technology have been given grants by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This is useful information to have, especially if you work in an area of technology that could be considered relevant to the work the NIH do and you can see where they have already given grants and where they might give grants in the future.
You can see an example of a landscape with all of these different options in the image below:
At the bottom-right of the screen, you can see that there are various options of what you can do with the landscape. An explanation of each of these is given below:
Using this you are able to save your landscape. When doing this, you can give your landscape a name and also a description.
Using this, you can select specific parts of the landscape. From doing this, you can create a new landscape using the patents in these grids as well as being able to view these specific patents.
Using this, you can take a screenshot of the landscape. You can also add a title and a description here.