August 2018 Crowd Researchers of the Month
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August 2018 Crowd Researchers of the Month

Each month we like to recognize the top performing Crowd researchers for their outstanding work in the AOP Connect™ platform.  The top Researcher of the Month (ROTM) and each of the runners up receive a reward for their contributions.

Congratulations go out to our top researchers for August 2018:

  • yoovee
  • cean66
  • alfiet
  • angeloluca

Read the below interview with one of our top Researchers of the Month to find out more about what it’s like to be a researcher for the only company that crowdsources IP searches.

RWS User Name




What is your profession?

Professional patent researcher

What is your education background?

Secondary School Diploma in Industrial Engineering and over 15 years of work experience in mechanic industries (glass manufacturing, machine tools and galvanics)

What, if any, experience do you have in patent research?

Patent/design researcher for an IP office in Milan since over 13 years

What skills are the most useful in your research with RWS?

Quick and clear understanding of the key-inventive features of the patent of the study; wide knowledge of the search patent databases and NPL archives

How did you first learn about RWS?

Through Intellogist online site (currently not more working or existing)

What languages do you speak?

English, Spanish and Italian

What do you enjoy most about being an RWS Researcher?

The wide choice of searches available in terms of scopes and subject-matters

What is the most challenging aspect of RWS Research?

Competition among a large number of worldwide researchers

How can RWS improve your researching experience?

I discovered some new searches like EoU which refined my ability in serching among commercial products and technical magazines

What online or offline resources do you use in your research? (i.e. IEEE Xplore, PubMed, Library, etc.)

Further to the well known sources I find very precious the JPO  F-Terms search database and the Spanish PTO database ; for the NPL are very helpful the Bielefeld Academic Search Engine (BASE) and the JP-stage.

What have you learned about researching, technology, or patents since joining RWS?

AOP improved my search skills because I discovered new sources of data and some new approaches to searches

How will you use your reward money?

Basically I spend my rewards for my two male sons (13 and 18) which are also my best supporters!

Would you recommend researching with AOP to a friend or colleague? Why or why not?

Yes I do, of course. Crowdsourcing  is a really powerful search tool, furthermore AOP is able to manage it in a very professional and effective way.

What are your Top 3 Tips for being an AOP Researcher?

  1. Quick understanding of the technical topic and of key features of the invention
  2. Focusing the search to the geographic areas most liable to have good/winning references
  3. Using of more detailed Classifications such as JP-terms and CPC for patents or Korean and Japanese class for designs that often leads to documents otherwise not retrievable by keywords and/or IPC/Locarno classification

What is the most exciting story or discovery you have made while searching for prior art?

Against an EP patent, I found a destroying patent art which has  already been considered among the cited documents of the corresponding US counterpart but underestimated during examination.

Cited (but also citing) patents are often a good source of relevant documents, even if sometimes you have to dig in within the file history of the applications.


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