How It Works
LifeQuest works by using common life science ontologies such as MeSH, SNOMEDCT, and phenotype / trait ontologies to enable you to search the entire global life science patent domain with ideas rather than just text words.
So when you type, “aspirin,” LifeQuest will search for patents that discuss aspirin, Acetylsalicylic Acid, C9H8O4 (aspirin’s chemical formula), as well many synonyms such as 2-acetoxybenzoic acid, acetylsalicylate, acetylsalicylic acid, and O-acetylsalicylic acid.
Then you refine your search, perhaps limiting the “aspirin” query to the Claims section of the patent, looking only at documents published in 2010 or later, and only from the WIPO authority.
Once a complete set of documents is found, you save the search result as a “workfile,” where you can drill into document details and annotate.
By merging different search results together, you build comprehensive sets of search results that provide a complete picture of the state of the art. For instance, the screenshot to the left shows us intersecting the search results for an aspirin search with the search results for an ibuprofen search.