Product description in terms of advantages and drawbacks: Exploiting patent information in novel ways

DS 87-6 Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 17) Vol 6: Design Information and Knowledge, Vancouver, Canada, 21-25.08.2017

Year: 2017
Editor: Anja Maier, Stanko Škec, Harrison Kim, Michael Kokkolaras, Josef Oehmen, Georges Fadel, Filippo Salustri, Mike Van der Loos
Author: Chiarello, Filippo; Fantoni, Gualtiero; Bonaccorsi, Andrea
Series: ICED
Institution: Universit┼Ľ di Pisa, Italy
Section: Design Information and Knowledge
Page(s): 101-110
ISBN: 978-1-904670-94-0
ISSN: 2220-4342


Patents are an enormous source of valuable information. Unfortunately only a limited number of elements are targeted in them (mainly legal) and most of the design knowledge is lost or not exploited. Advantages and drawbacks belong to such a group. The paper presents a method to automatically extract advantages and drawbacks from patent texts and proposes a classification framework to organize the gathered knowledge. The organization of advantages and drawbacks follows the evolution of energy material and signal flows, typical of the functional analysis, and allows to organize them in structured documents where the designer can find useful triggers to avoid failures or hints to conceive a more appealing product.

Keywords: Design informatics, Design methods, Information management, Knowledge management

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