Obtaining accurate and reliable intellectual property (IP) information can make or break a company’s success. To minimize the risk of patent rejections and avoid inadvertent infringement on an existing patent, formulations IP searching is an integral component of the product development pipeline.
To successfully navigate the scientific IP landscape, however, IP researchers need better tools that yield accurate insights faster. With IP published in a variety of languages and captured in different formats such as chemical structures, drawings and tables, to name a few, it is increasingly challenging to perform a thorough formulations IP search. Even the slightest gap in IP knowledge can potentially jeopardize a company’s long-term success.
Here, we discuss the pressing challenges facing formulations IP researchers and how a new formulations platform from CAS can make the process more efficient.
What needs to change: The painful process of formulations IP search
The current process of performing a comprehensive search for formulations IP is painstakingly time-consuming and tedious. With the enormous growth in patenting, formulations IP search strategies have become more and more exhaustive. Casting a wide net to cover more ground results in a large number of potential hits to manually review, consuming substantial amounts of time. When asked, IP researchers will concede to spending several weeks scouring through hundreds of patent documents to find answers to even simple questions about formulations.
To verify a true match and eliminate false positives during a search, formulations researchers need to read full-text documents, making the process highly tedious. Moreover, using free or public tools for IP searching can yield limited and irrelevant results. For example, a simple patent search for a combination of two specific components can yield hundreds of hits for each component listed separately. Lacking precision in how the results are presented, researchers need to manually sort through them to find what is most relevant. During an exhaustive search sprint, encountering relevant patents filed in a foreign language further impedes the process.
Companies in the pharmaceutical, food, agricultural and cosmetics industries are familiar with the financial risks associated with overlooked IP gaps that can derail all operations. Performing a thorough IP search without reliable or intuitive resources in limited time is a significant burden to IP researchers.
The largest formulation collection in the world: CAS FORMULATIONS™
To address the current challenges in formulations IP search, CAS recently launched the largest formulation collection in the world: CAS FORMULATIONS. With millions of formulations curated by CAS data specialists, covering over 20 years of data, CAS FORMULATIONS will serve as a huge timesaver and an intuitive searching tool for IP researchers.
CAS experts intellectually curate key details in formulations from patents, journals and production inserts. This unique content includes oral medications, herbicides, insecticides, flavors, fragrances and more, along with content originally published in English, French, German, Japanese, Chinese and Korean. Such a comprehensive collection of formulations can help researchers go from query to useful insights in just a few minutes.
In addition to detailed indexing, CAS FORMULATIONS also offers proximity searching to discover how and why substances are used in formulations. It helps formulations researchers distinguish active ingredients from solvents. CAS FORMULATIONS integrates directly into existing STNext® workflows, building on its power and precision to offer a deeper level of formulations IP search.
Eliminate risks, save time and develop an efficient IP search workflow
One of the key benefits of CAS FORMULATIONS is its precise searching possibilities. New search and display fields, such as ‘Groups,’ ‘Components’ and ‘Targets,’ enable highly specific searching. The different options in the display menu, such as ‘Product Display’ or ‘Chem Display,’ enable easy filtering of results, helping researchers make informed decisions.
With bibliographic displays, researchers can read a summary of the formulation without having to manually review piles of scientific literature or patents. The display results provide a preview of the formulation component, as well as the source of information to help determine data validity.
Unlike public databases, CAS FORMULATIONS, can be used by researchers to perform more intuitive searches, yielding quick answers to move projects along. For example, researchers can start with formulations-based queries to search for particular combinations of components, even setting specifications on the component categories, such as active ingredients, fillers, solvents and so on. It is also possible to perform target-based searches to locate formulation patents against desired targets, such as cancer drugs or herbicides. The sophisticated search capabilities offer negative filtering, i.e., identifying formulations that do not contain certain components that are already patented, making it easier for companies to find and capitalize on new opportunities.
Ultimately, obtaining reliable answers in formulations IP search can lead to confident business decisions for companies. CAS FORMULATIONS can save valuable time, eliminate pain points in formulations research and empower companies to access comprehensive and up-to-date information in minutes. As with any change, adopting and implementing new practices into existing workflows isn’t without further questions.
To request technical training on CAS FORMULATIONS and learn precise search strategies to better complement your industry, contact the CAS Customer Center