Uppdragshuset was the first in the industry to offer on-line ordering, receiving the first online order in 2001.
We were pioneers in the field, and one of the first to offer a web-based administration tool, ArchiveOnline. At the time this was a simple system for managing patent information. ArchiveOnline today has achieved its full potential and become a full-featured platform for supporting innovation processes and monitoring flows.
Development of AI searching
Swedish innovation agency VINNOVA supported a research study to verify the market use of a decision-support tool to extract and present prior art documents automatically. This study showed a better setting of priorities for inventions in the innovation process leading to reduced costs and a higher quality assurance of decisions. The result was a running prototype tool called AutoMatch.
A growing reputation led to an increasing interest from European attorney firms. Uppdragshuset started to expand the client base to include international patent attorney firms, getting involved in high profile validity searches. In 2013 the company assisted with several large litigations and provided valuable search results to support clients in challenging their competitors’ patents.
In 2015 AutoMatch, now IPscreener, was launched, it is an AI driven IPR tool to validate innovative ideas by automatically analysing an idea expressed in plain text. It has been continuously developed and upgraded to meet clients’ growing expectations. Today IPscreener has evolved to its 5th generation and has become a powerful tool to help boost the search procedure and improve the quality of the evaluation process.
Uppdragshuset established a trainee program to bring in new talent into the patent business. Before that, all consultants at Uppdragshuset had backgrounds in patent office examination. This initiative, with the thought to bring fresh blood and new ways of thinking into the company, turned out to be a huge success. The young talents who joined as trainees have been able to quickly develop and become great contributors to the company.
Uppdragshuset turns 20
The team has grown from four former Swedish patent examiners to sixteen people coming from 3 different patent offices, 5 countries, mastering 7 languages, and stronger than ever. The number of offices also increased with the opening of a new office in Berlin during 2020. The Berlin office is a big step to expand company’s physical footprint in the global market.