IBM Links MAPIT in Patent Database Web Site

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MAPIT, a patent data mining service developed by Manning & Napier Information Services (MNIS) is now being demonstrated through the World Wide Web, MNIS has announced.

MAPIT compares the contents of thousands of patents and automatically produces visualizations of the research results. MNIS is an emerging leader in the knowledge management arts of information analytics, automated visualization, and data mining.

The MNIS technology behind MAPIT was first developed for government intelligence agencies and later adapted for use in major corporations and patent offices around the world. MAPIT is now available for full operational access through the Web and is offered as an outsourced service by MNIS. It can also be installed on a corporation's network.

MAPIT applies advanced technology to patent research. Large patent portfolios can be analyzed by MAPIT to identify similarities, differences, and relationships. The research results can be visually displayed, highlighting clusters of similar patents or ranking patents according to areas of interest. Specialized interactive viewers provide side-by-side displays of data to support a detailed analysis of possible infringement.

The online MAPIT demonstration may be viewed at http://www.mnis.net/MAP ITdemo. It can also be accessed through a patent research service offered on the Web by IBM by following the "Resource Page" link at IBM's site (http://patent. wcomplex.ibm.com/respage.html).

"We're delighted that IBM has given us the opportunity to introduce people to MAPIT through its Web-based patent service. …