By John DiGilio
Expert reviewer for the CODiE Award for Best Legal Information Product 2014, John DiGilio reviewed five legal products in the category and evaluated them through demonstrations, testing and grading against specific requirements. Here he shares his thoughts on the category winner, Innography's intellectual property research platform.
When the Software & Information Industry Association named the winners of its 2014 CODiE Awards on 30 January, patent powerhouse Innography walked away with two of the coveted trophies.
Named both Best Legal Information Solution and Best Service Using Aggregated Content, the seven-year-old company found its flagship product a finalist in three CODiE categories.
Intellectual Property Research Powerhouse
This double win is sure to cement Innography's place as a leader in the intellectual property (IP) research industry.
As one of the expert reviewers in the Best Legal Information Solution category, I found myself blown away by both the sheer power of Innography's product, as well as the breadth and depth of its content.
Easier IP Decision-Making
The product takes hundreds of data sources from over 100 countries and brings them together in one feature-rich platform designed to make IP decision-making easier.
This is no simple feat when your database consists of data from over 3 million companies and over 100 million patents worldwide! Yet this ease of use is exactly what Innography has managed to accomplished, thanks largely in part to an interface that is streamlined and intuitive.
Refreshing Approach to Patent Research
Innography is built with both the IP attorney and the business lawyer in mind.
Patents, financial information, trademarks, litigation, and more are gathered, corrected, and made quickly searchable. As a reviewer, I was looking for real innovation in the products I was testing.
Innography impressed me with its user-friendly and speedy semantic search engine for patents and the international reach of the database. I felt I was truly experiencing a refreshing approach to patent research!
Anything but Average
Surprisingly, I could not find anything about Innography that I did not like and virtually nothing that I would change. Sure, the number of features the product offers can at first seem overwhelming.
Perhaps it offers more functionality, bells, and whistles than an average IP or business attorney will ever need. But to me, Innography presented itself as anything but an average research tool for average researchers. In today's competitive market, which of our clients wants average anyway?
Innography offers powerful intellectual property searching functionality in a product that is sleek and intuitive.
When it comes to innovation, its developers demonstrated that their eyes were clearly on the practical. Given the company's double win in this year's CODiE's, clearly I was not alone in my appreciation for a product well-designed and superbly functional.
FreePint Subscribers can read more about the CODiE process and other products reviewed by John for the Best Legal Information Solution, Bloomberg Law, Lawyers.com, Lexis Practice Advisor and Workshare Professional 8 (see FreePint's Mini Review of Workshare):
FreePint Subscribers can also read about FreePint's research into the main information suppliers to the legal information profession in UK Legal Market Research: Vendors, and How They Are Perceived.
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