As an example, let's look at some specific patents (issued or pending) related to DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine).
A search for pending patents (patent applications) on the term ttl/DICOM pulls just those patent applications that have DICOM in their title. A second search (through the issued patent search engine available from the same site) would pull issued patents.
Here is the output for pending patents submitted since 2001 and containing DICOM in the title.
If the word DICOM is in the title, it's a good bet that the patent will involve a method that uses the DICOM standard. The claims of such methods may possibly cover a user's intended uses of the standard. Had we simply done a search on the word "DICOM" without limiting the location of the search term to the title of the patent application, we would have retrieved 1144 patents from the USPTO patent application database. And these would just be those patents that are currently under review!
Notice that several of these methods seem to involve common tasks for informaticians who wish to tease out annotated data from a DICOM image and port the data and metadata into XML.
In the next blog, we'll look at one of the DICOM patents to determine the claims of the patent and the assignee of the patent.
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