«The PatIS solution from iRIX provides our users across the group with a reliable, easy-to-use research tool equipped with modern search functionalities. The desired patent information is displayed quickly and clearly or can be provided in the usual output formats.»

  B. Rauber, Patent attorney, F. Hoffmann-La Roche


 Starting Situation

F. Hofmann-La Roche Pharma AG commissioned iRIX to enhance the search functions for internal searches within the existing patent management application. Roche, the company with the most patent applications in Switzerland, has trusted the Basel-based software company for more than 20 years. iRIX had already developed a search application for Roche's patent department, which offers internal searches in self-service mode. This first version of the solution covers the search and display of Roche patent information worldwide and its relations. At the beginning of 2010, the Roche patent department requested an extension of this application.


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 Challenge: new requirements

The user interface was to be modernized by an ergonomic layout of the navigation and access for internal employees worldwide without a license model was to be provided via two user security levels. A targeted, system-independent retrieval of the individual patent information and the extension of the reporting and search functions with storage of search queries were desired. The search results were to be filtered in a simple way - to get to a manageable list with a few clicks - and new data sources were to be flexibly integrated.

Solution: Lightweight search application for patent data

The second version of the patent application is now in use and offers the following functionality: The application runs as a web application in different known browsers. A loading process that allows an uninterrupted provision of the data with a freely selectable cycle of updating the patent data. The operation and all navigation features have been designed to be user-friendly and intuitive. Users can save and manage search queries and easily export reporting to Excel and PDF. Search queries are supported by the open source software Solr, which provides more performance and flexibility. A manufacturer-independent data interface has been implemented for quick connection of new data sources.


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The worldwide internal users can use the application intuitively and within the shortest time without training and compile their patent evaluations around the clock. With the saving of search criteria and the export function, recurring administrative tasks of the patent department are simplified. Filtering the search results via extensive facets, which are dynamically provided on the search result, enables the user to navigate efficiently. The acceptance of the application is very high due to its intuitive operation. The use of the patent data has led to a reduction of the workload. In addition, quality assurance is carried out when preparing the data, which makes faulty records available in Excel format centrally in the web application for administration according to defined criteria and can thus be used when maintaining existing patents. A report page with predefined evaluations is also available to internal patent attorneys.

 About Roche Pharma AG

Headquarter: Basel                                                     

Industry: Pharma, Diagnostika und Biotech

Number of employees: 98’000 (2019)

Turnover: CHF 61.5 Mrd. (2019)

Locations: over 100 countries worldwide

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