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Patents are a great source of information for many reasons and at Viedoc, we think that companies should be more aware of this. Patents may seem hard to come around at first glance, but with (a lot of) patience, with a good methodology and some training most people can find their way through them. Although searching and going through patents may be very tedious, patents are a valuable source of information, as they will provide you with very useful information on:
• the market in general
• what your competitors are working on
• latest innovations and developments in your field
• technical solutions from other fields

Aerosol & Dispensing Forum is a very unique event which gathers every year in Paris the leading suppliers of aerosol and dispensing systems and the major brands in the cosmetic, perfumery, and hygiene businesses. At ADF 2015, Viedoc Consulting was given the opportunity to present its approach to gathering technical & competitive intelligence from patents.

This complementary document presents a case study focused on dispensing devices and systems patents filed in 2014. It explains how to organize and refine a search using Espacenet, the free patents database form the European Patent Office. It also shows how the data collected can be used to understand what is going on both technical and market grounds.

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  1. 1. Société VIEDOC 2, Rue Hélène Boucher 78280 GUYANCOURT (France) Tel : +33 (0)1 30 43 45 27 Aerosol & Dispensing Systems Patents How to use patents to gather Technical and Competitive Intelligence?
  2. 2. Aerosol & Dispensing Systems - Current Status, PCD & ADF 2015 © VIEDOC – For further information: info@viedoc.biz Page 2 / 10 TABLE OF CONTENTS ABOUT VIEDOC CONSULTING ........................................................................................................3 INTRODUCTION.............................................................................................................................4 WHY & HOW TO USE PATENTS AS A VALUABLE SOURCE OF INFORMATION? ..................................5 1.1. WHY USE PATENT INFORMATION? ..................................................................................................................5 1.2. HOW AND WHERE TO FIND VALUABLE PATENT INFORMATION? ............................................................................5 1.3. BEFORE STARTING LOOKING INTO PATENTS.......................................................................................................5 REVIEW OF AEROSOL & DISPENSING SYSTEMS PATENTS PUBLISHED IN 2014..................................6 2.1. USING KEYWORDS AND ESPACENET TO COLLECT AND SELECT RELEVANT PATENTS ....................................................6 2.2. MAKING SENSE OUT THE 87 SELECTED PATENTS ................................................................................................7 2.3. APPLICANTS PROFILES.......................................................................................... ERREUR ! SIGNET NON DEFINI. 2.3.1. Devices users........................................................................................... Erreur ! Signet non défini. 2.3.2. Inventors................................................................................................. Erreur ! Signet non défini. 2.3.3. Devices manufacturers ........................................................................... Erreur ! Signet non défini. 2.4. APPLICANTS COUNTY OF ORIGIN............................................................................ ERREUR ! SIGNET NON DEFINI. 2.5. PATENTS COVERAGE............................................................................................ ERREUR ! SIGNET NON DEFINI. 2.6. OVERVIEW OF SOME PATENTS PUBLISHED IN 2014................................................... ERREUR ! SIGNET NON DEFINI. 2.6.1. Consumer Goods..................................................................................... Erreur ! Signet non défini. 2.6.2. Cosmetics................................................................................................ Erreur ! Signet non défini. 2.6.3. Food & Beverage .................................................................................... Erreur ! Signet non défini. 2.6.4. Health & Hygiene.................................................................................... Erreur ! Signet non défini. CONCLUSION ................................................................................................................................8
  3. 3. Aerosol & Dispensing Systems - Current Status, PCD & ADF 2015 © VIEDOC – For further information: info@viedoc.biz Page 3 / 10 ABOUT VIEDOC CONSULTING Founded in 2004, Viedoc is one of France’s leading competitive & technical intelligence consultancy firms. With a staff of highly proficient professional consultants serving both public and private clients with comprehensive strategic, economic & technical analyses, Viedoc provides companies with:  States of the art;  Patent monitoring;  Competitive & technological intelligence;  Market research;  Technology transfers;  Benchmarking;  Business intelligence;  Knowledge management;  .... Intelligence usually does not require mandatory life‐ long skills within the company but necessitates getting the right information at the right time. Viedoc works for customers both on extended and short periods of time and accompanies firms of all size and working in all sectors in their decision’s making. Viedoc Consultants have a pragmatic approach built on a rigorous methodology for collecting, processing, analyzing and delivering high added-value information. Thanks to their 360° vision, Viedoc Consultants are able to provide companies with services tailored to their needs and meet their requirements through careful listening. As recognized experts in the identification of potential technology transfers, Viedoc consistently builds on a multisectoral vision providing professionalism and expertise to its Clients, from large industrial groups to SMEs, across a dozen of industrial sectors.
  4. 4. Aerosol & Dispensing Systems - Current Status, PCD & ADF 2015 © VIEDOC – For further information: info@viedoc.biz Page 4 / 10 INTRODUCTION Patents are a great source of information for many reasons and we think that companies should be more aware of this. Patents may seem hard to come around at first glance, but with (a lot of) patience, with a good methodology and some training most people can find their way through them. For the third time in a row this year and thanks to Jean-Pierre Appert, Oriex’ CEO, Viedoc will be at the PCD & ADF exhibition. We are also very grateful to Jean-Pierre to have given us the opportunity to take part in one of the conference sessions this year to present Viedoc Consulting’s approach to gathering technical & competitive intelligence from patents. But what lies behind Technical & Competitive Intelligence? Technical & Competitive Intelligence is a process which gives insights into what might happen in the near future. This process involves stages from data to information to intelligence. Intelligence differs from data and information since it requires some form of analysis. The purpose of this analysis is to derive some meaning from the gathered data and information. We need not collect and analyze all information for an exact picture, but get enough information so that we can conclude what is going on. An outcome of CI is that it puts conclusions and recommendations upfront. Fundamental information can be gathered from:  Information about your industry (such as monitoring trade journals)  Financial transactions (such as credit ratings)  Publicly released information (such as regulatory filings by a competitor)  Non Confidential Information between buyers and sellers to identify who the competition is.  Screening Pat & Non Pat Publications of Competitor.  Press releases, analyst reports, trade journals, transcripts of speeches, and other published sources of information. And how Competitive Intelligence differs from Market Research Market-research teams typically focus on supporting a specific area by identifying market gaps for their products to fill. Competitive-intelligence teams, on the other hand, use similar data - along with countless other resources - to predict market changes, preempt competitor activities, and develop strategic contingency plans. There are large areas of overlap; market research can also be considered as a subset of competitive intelligence.1 1 Role of IP in competitive Intelligence gathering and analysis, Dr Shantanu De Ranbaxy www.wipo.int/edocs/mdocs/sme/en/wipo_ip_del_10/wipo_ip_del_10_theme05_4.ppt
  5. 5. Aerosol & Dispensing Systems - Current Status, PCD & ADF 2015 © VIEDOC – For further information: info@viedoc.biz Page 5 / 10 WHY & HOW TO USE PATENTS AS A VALUABLE SOURCE OF INFORMATION? 1.1. WHY USE PATENT INFORMATION? There are three main reasons one may want to look into patent to gather information:  For their technical content  to identify some of the latest innovations in or outside your field  to carry out a state of the art before launching an R&D program  For business planning & development  to know what your competitors are up to  to find out about patents in the public domain  For protecting the innovations within your own organization (through Intellectual Property Professionals) 1.2. HOW AND WHERE TO FIND VALUABLE PATENT INFORMATION? Patent information is available to everyone, but depending on your needs the tools used to look into it may not be the same. Basically speaking, there are three main ways of fetching information form published patents:  Using commercial patent databases  Contracting with consulting companies or intellectual property professionals  Using the free database from the European Patent Office (EPO) available at http://worldwide.espacenet.com/?locale=en_EP 1.3. BEFORE STARTING LOOKING INTO PATENTS Because searching/finding relevant patent information may be very tedious, it is wise and essential to take time to ask the right questions before starting. Depending on the objective and the information one is looking for, the questions may be for instance:  What am I looking for?  What are the best key words to use?  Do I need to search on a limited period of time?  Do I need to search worldwide?  How am I going to organize my searches?
  6. 6. Aerosol & Dispensing Systems - Current Status, PCD & ADF 2015 © VIEDOC – For further information: info@viedoc.biz Page 6 / 10 REVIEW OF AEROSOL & DISPENSING SYSTEMS PATENTS PUBLISHED IN 2014 What are the latest developments and innovations? Who is leading the market today in terms of patent publications? In this part, we explain how to carry out a patent survey on a specific topic. Since the presentation is delivered during the Aerosol & Dispensing Forum, we decided to run searches on dispensing systems and devices in order to get a picture of what has been happening during the year 2014 patent wise. 2.1. USING KEYWORDS AND ESPACENET TO COLLECT AND SELECT RELEVANT PATENTS We see here that firstly we need to define what we are looking for in order not to get too many matches that we would be unable to deal with. Using Espacenet, we run a first search using “« dispensing device » or « dispensing system »” as keywords in the title and without any specifying the year range. This lead to 18 997 matches, meaning that the whole Espacenet database possesses that many patents with dispensing device » or « dispensing system » in their titles. When we specified that we were looking for patents published in 2014, this number dropped to 857. Although this number is far more reasonable for human examination, it was still considered too large for the ADF presentation, whose aim was to explain how to collect and find meaningful information in patents. Although looking rapidly through the titles we could spot too many irrelevant patents.
  7. 7. Aerosol & Dispensing Systems - Current Status, PCD & ADF 2015 © VIEDOC – For further information: info@viedoc.biz Page 7 / 10 We therefore needed to refine the search and add more keywords in order to get less patents falling outside our scope of interest. Adding “packaging or container or bottle or flask or aerosol” keywords lead to 3 808 hits on the whole database, and 140 hits when 2014 was specified. From the 140 patents selected, only 87 were left after thorough examination and elimination of irrelevant ones. As can be seen, the process of collecting and selecting patents may be pretty lengthy especially if the keywords used have a wide scope, are used in many different fields or have several meanings. The keywords combinations used here were pretty simple but one should keep in mind that Espacenet is a powerful tool that allows more complex searches using Boolean operators. Another interesting feature of Espacenet is that it allows exporting results in the .xls format which is handy for further work and filtering. 2.2. MAKING SENSE OUT THE 87 SELECTED PATENTS For the sake of this case study on “what has been happening in 2014 on the dispensing business in terms of patents?” we could ask 3 main questions: - Who has published patents in 2014? - From which countries were the applicants from? - What type of country coverage did these applicants choose? A competitive intelligence specialist needs to answer these kinds of questions in order to get a clear picture of their company’s environment. If this is necessary, this is obviously not enough, and to get a greater insight into what a company’s competitors are up to, a regular patent watch must be carried out.
  8. 8. Aerosol & Dispensing Systems - Current Status, PCD & ADF 2015 © VIEDOC – For further information: info@viedoc.biz Page 8 / 10 To continue reading please go to: www.viedoc.fr/aerosol-dispensing-systems-how-to-use-patents- to-gather-technical-and-competitive-intelligence/
  9. 9. Aerosol & Dispensing Systems - Current Status, PCD & ADF 2015 © VIEDOC – For further information: info@viedoc.biz Page 9 / 10 CONCLUSION Searching and going through patents may be very tedious. However, patents are a valuable source of information, as patents will provide you with very useful information on:  the market in general  what your competitors are working on  latest innovations and developments in your field  technical solutions from other fields There are several tools on the market to make statistical analysis on patent publications. These tools are very useful, and even indispensable, to have a macroscopic view on patent publications trends for instance. When finer understanding is required, there is no tool (yet) to replace human in-depth analysis. For this complementary study we used the generic terms “dispensing device or system”, but in most cases searches are carried out with much more specific keywords combinations to meet our clients’ specific needs.
  10. 10. Aerosol & Dispensing Systems - Current Status, PCD & ADF 2015 © VIEDOC – For further information: info@viedoc.biz Page 10 / 10 2 rue Hélène Boucher F – 78280 Guyancourt Website: www.viedoc.fr Email: info@viedoc.biz Phone: +33 (0)1 30 43 45 27

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