Evaluation of a Visual Tool for Early Patent Infringement Detection During Design

Alessio Malizia, Salvatore Sorce, Vito Gentile, Mark Atherton, David Harrison, Pingfei Jiang

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Patent infringement detection usually implies research among documents in different forms, in both natural and unstructured language, often involving a lot of human resources and time. In order to ease this patent check process, we previously presented a visual tool to be used by designers themselves at any stage of the design process, providing them with useful and reliable information for deciding whether to steer their design away from potential patent infringements. In this work, we report on a usability study carried out on such a tool with 21 professional de- signers from industry in the field of mechanical engineering. The outcome of our study shows that our tool is very well accepted by designers, and felt useful and helpful even by legal experts.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnd-User Development - 7th International Symposium, IS-EUD 2019, Proceedings
EditorsAlessio Malizia, Stefano Valtolina, Anders Morch, Alan Serrano, Andrew Stratton
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-24781-2
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-24780-5
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jul 2019
EventSeventh International Symposium on End-User Development (IS-EUD 2019) - College Lane Campus, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 Jul 201912 Jul 2019

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
VolumeLNCS, volume 11553
NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume11553 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


ConferenceSeventh International Symposium on End-User Development (IS-EUD 2019)
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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  • Block programming
  • End-user programming
  • Patent infringement detection
  • Visual interfaces
  • Visual programming


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