What's In An Index?
Way Better Patents™ special collections focus on innovations, inventions, and patents in specific patent domains like clean technology and business methods patents or patents that contain Government Interest statements. Clean technologies, for example, use less material, less energy, minimize waste, or lessen negative environmental consequences. Way Better Patents™ organizes the patents into an innovation hierarchy.
The patentECO™ Index Hierachy Example
Here we use the patentECO™ to show how an index works. The clean technology patent ecosystem — patentECO™ — consists of all issued patents in the chemical, electrical, and mechanical disciplines that meet the clean technology definition above. It has characteristics that are analogous to biological ecosystems. The patent ecosystem is hierarchical, and can be thought of as being composed of nested systems in which major technology families form interactive subsystems. These families may be in turn composed of technology communities, like recycling and waste technologies for industrial use.
The patentECO™ Innovation Hierarchy
|patentECO™ Index||Very broad economic/environmental areas, including: Agriculture; Air; Energy; Industry; Resource Extraction & Harvesting; Transportation; Water.|
|Category||Broad areas of discrete subsystems. For example, within the Energy Index, Categories include: Wind; Solar; Lighting; Efficiency; Storage, etc.|
|Technology||More narrowly identified aspects that are manufactured (e.g., wind turbines), or processes that yield products (e.g., fermentation).|
|Feature||Subsystems, components, or sub-processes that provide discrimination within a technology, for example, wind turbines blades, or lithium-ion batteries.|
Index Technologies Sample
Here is a section of the Energy index.
The top level of patentECO™ are the Indexes: Agriculture; Air — air pollution control and reduction; Energy; Industry; Resource Extraction or Harvesting; Transportation; and Water — water and wastewater.
Inventions in the clean tech patent ecosystem, when brought to market, have economic features offering competitive returns for investors, competitive prices for consumers, and realistic profits for producers.
There are flows of energy, material inputs, byproducts, processes, products, services, and business model processes within and among the component ecosystems.
The patentECO™ clean tech sphere is characterized by innovation that maintains a focus on efficient and productive use of natural and man-made resources in a sustainable manner, targeting human needs and desired products and services, while conserving resources and the environment so that these needs and desires may be met both now and in the future.
The component ecosystems consist of technology families that may commonly be found in close proximity within the inventive space, for example, electrical generation technologies require transmission or storage technologies. Prior art and non-patent literature are analogous to the information flows between ecosystem components.