Tech Discovery for Innovators

Chapter 2: 7 tips for writing good search queries

Searching for R&D and business information is not easy. For example, very often you're looking for something that you can't even name yet.

There is no silver bullet. But there are methods and ways to think about your topics that can dramatically increase your chance of discovering relevant innovations.

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1. Don't make your queries too narrow

2. Search is not about what you want to find. It’s about how other people most likely talk about what it is that you want to find

3. Generalize your query

4. Search for applications

5. Search for properties

6. Use the "emerging technologies" tag cloud to zoom in

7. Use patent classes to zoom in

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