October 2018 Crowd Researchers of the Month
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October 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 Highlighter of the Month and each of the runners up receive a reward for their contributions – Congratulations to our Crowd!


Highlighter of the Month



Top researchers for October 2018:

  • meticulous_researcher-60201
  • yoovee-2676
  • Manish
  • ggp1989-30338


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.






What is your profession?

Intellectual Property Consultant

What is your education background?

Bachelor Of Technology (Electronics and Communication Engineering)

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

I have more than seven years of experience in patent research and analytics.

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

Wide knowledge of patent and non-patent databases; ability to quickly understanding the subject patent or study requirements; besides, I also spend some of my time in brainstorming and making effective strategy before performing the search.

How did you first learn about RWS?

Through an online article related to crowd-sourcing websites.

What languages do you speak?

English, Hindi

What do you enjoy most about being an RWS Researcher?

As an RWS Researcher, I enjoy the option of simultaneously participating in multiple studies with sufficient time to complete each study, the competition for finding BEST prior art references within short-time and quickly submitting those references in order to avoid DUPLICATE status, and the rewards associated with each study.

What is the most challenging aspect of RWS Research?

The most challenging aspect of RWS Research is working on some of the most complex and difficult studies and also, competing with thousands of worldwide researchers at the same time.

How can RWS improve your researching experience?

In my opinion, for each study, there must be a communication channel or an interface between the researcher and the one who uploads the study so that in case of any query or issue, the researcher can discuss it immediately.

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

Patent Databases: Patent Abstract of Japan (PAJ), EPO, WIPO, SIPO, KIPRIS, etc.

Non-Patent Databases: ResearchGate, CiteSeerX, ACM Digital Library, Scribd, ARXIV, Scholar, etc.

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

As a researcher, I have learned and improved a lot since joining RWS due to its freely available contents or resources like Prior Art Searching 101, Researcher Manual, Forum, Blog, Webinars, etc.

How will you use your reward money?

I usually spend my rewards for my family, for charity work, paying for my expenses, etc.

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

Yes, I do. RWS is a great crowd-sourcing platform which really rewards you for your good work.

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

  1. Before starting your search, spend some time on brainstorming and making some effective strategy like using keywords plus class combinations, finding competitors of assignee of the subject patent and using those competitors along with search strings, analyzing citations of the cited arts, etc. in order to find relevant prior art references within short-time.
  2. Use classifications like IPC, CPC, etc. while performing search in Asian databases like PAJ (Patent Abstract Japan), SIPO, etc. which in most cases, provides small set of relevant references.
  3. Also use Web Archive (or Wayback Machine) for finding prior available products for sale, news, articles, etc.

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

Recently I participated in a study. I joined the study late (few days after) and submitted 3-4 in-scope references. After expiry of the study, when the study was in final review, I thought that I would only win in-scope reward for my submissions. Because in my opinion, in most cases, the sooner you participate in a study and submit good references, the better will be the chances of winning that study. But one evening, I got an email related to that study with subject “Congratulations on your win!”. For a second, I was like “Is it a dream?”. And, therefore, in order to confirm, I read that email at least 6-7 times and also checked my dashboard many times. After that, I realized that I was the study winner. This is one of the stories which I want to share with the community.


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