By Donald Zuhn --
Dr. Michael Wisz, the Chief Technical Officer of Emerjent, Inc., recently contacted Patent Docs to inform us about Espresso, a new web-based search application that Emerjent is touting as "the premier emerging technology information search engine." The search engine, which requires a free registration to access, can be found here.
According to Emerjent's website, Espresso differs from search engines such as Google and Yahoo because it relies on more focused searches of document collections that are "essential to tracking emerging technologies, especially those in biotechnology, chemistry, biology, and medicine." These collections include all issued U.S. patents and published U.S. patent applications; peer-reviewed research papers; NIH, NSF, and SBIR/STTR research grants; grant solicitation announcements; news stories from 1000 "trusted technology sources," and market and web search data. Emerjent notes that "[m]any of these documents are not even accessible from today's web search engines." Emerjent also notes that because Espresso's collection of documents is smaller, it can go beyond typical indexing to extract information about people, companies, and universities, and then map connections between these entities.