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John Deere: Patent Application

Project Details

The John Deere Patent Application is a new application created from the ground up to provide the user with an easy way to search for patents throughout the world. This application allows the user to search, save, and analyze patent data with an intuitive and user friendly interface.

Features include:

  • Advanced search tools
  • Displaying and saving sets of patents
  • Local Storage of patent information
  • Patent citation analytics through a generated network graph
  • And much more...

Advanced search tools allows the user to search by a variety of criteria. Such criteria includes patent number, title, any phrase, filing/issue dates, assignee, inventor, and more. The search is done by Google's search API with results displayed below the search criteria.

A user can also store patents in a set or view previously created set. This is done by right clicking any patent including citations and family patents, from the search page to the patent information page. Once a patent in saved to set, the set is saved as a text file with each patent number the user has saved.

To reduce bandwidth usage, we have implemented a database that stores patent information that the user selects to display. So when the user selects a patent that has been previously view, the patent information will be taken from the local database instead of Google Patents. The database can also be updated to ensure that locally stored patent information is kept up to date.

Patents also have many citations that can reveal certain information that Google Patents does not provide. We have designed a network graph that can visualize forward/backward citations and family patents of a selected patent. This is done by right clicking any patent including citations and family patents, from the search page to the patent information page.