IDC data shows that the average knowledge worker now spends 2.5 hours per day (or roughly 30% of their working day) searching for information. In a world where the volume of data available is constantly and exponentially increasing, the ability to find, access, and interrogate that data becomes a key determining factor in how efficiently a company can innovate. This is having serious consequences for businesses as they struggle to effectively make use of the wealth of data available to them.
The Importance of a solid research question
Patent searching is an art form. Literally. That satisfying feeling of crafting the perfect search is nothing less than “an activity of imaginative or creative self-expression”. To find the patents you are looking for, you need to express a set of criteria within your search tool to achieve a specific result. A result that you must do your best to anticipate and predict. In other words, you need to imagine what you might find before you look for it. If you do not know specifically what you are looking, for then your research will yield fewer, or irrelevant, results.