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PatCite Analysis Tutorial

In this tutorial, we’ll introduce the basic features of PatCite, a new open mapping tool for patent citations and the exploration of the influence of scholarship on industry and innovation.

Use Cases

Funder or Investor

If you are a funder or an investor, you may be interested in learning more about the inventions that are being influenced by the science that you fund, PatCite may be a useful tool to you.

Research Institution

If you are a research institution, you may use the tool to examine key technology sectors that reference a single or several scholarly works across a specific research area or across several departments within your institution, or if your tech transfer office may be keen on mapping and monitoring commercial entities that are citing your institution research in either their issued or applied for inventions.

Commercial Entity

Similarly, if you are a commercial entity, and you want to know what your competitor is citing in terms of scholarly articles, you may consider using PatCite.

Scientists and Researchers

This tool is also useful to a scientist, or a researcher, to explore who is citing your article or a body of research work so you could establish linkages and partnerships based on common interests.

How to Use

First, you can start exploring articles to find out whether they are cited in the patent literature. To do so, you can enter the articles’ identifiers, either PubMed Id or PubMed central Id, or Digital Object Identifier (D.O. I.) or if you have a text file, you can simply upload it.

Example Query

Let us take an example to demonstrate. Here are some article identifiers that we shall use for this example and we are going to label the search as “test1” and submit the query.


In the results page, you will see a summary view and in the search query, upon the submission of 8 citation identifiers, we have created a permalink , when clicked, it ensures that the query is saved in your private PatCite work area. If you look at PatCite history, you will be able to see the saved test1 query.

OK in the summary view of test1 search, you can see that 6 out of 8 potential articles are cited in the patent literature, and these are the number of citing patent documents and their corresponding patent families. On the right side you can view the top cited articles based on patent families count.

List and Analysis View

Below, not only that you can see a list view of cited articles and citing patents, but also an analysis view with summarized graphs based on the various patent attributes that you can select or deselect. In addition, you can view your results in a family network tab, where in for each patent family, we list the citing patent family members to allow you to explore further networks within and between families.

OK, now if we are to start a new search but use Patents rather than articles as an entry point, you have three choices:

  • You can analyse your own patent collection if you have one saved in your work area,
  • Paste a list in this box of patent publication numbers, using this format, or Lens ID OR
  • Simply upload a text file containing a list of patent ids.

Similarly here, you can save this PatCite query by clicking on the permalink and in the summary you can explore the results based on Patents first.

Many patent records, will have cited articles. You can view their distribution based on document type, their corresponding patent families, and their cited article counts. You can also view the top cited articles based on patent family counts. Similarly, you can explore the results based on a list view, analysis view, or family network view.

I hope this introductory tutorial is useful for you when you start exploring PatCite. If you have any question/feedback, please email us at either Support@support.lens.org or Feedback@support.lens.org

Updated on January 11, 2023
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