I recently developed an application for interactive patent database visualization and navigation. It’s still in progress but I thought I’d post a couple screen shots. It’s the standard mass/spring ball/stick network visualzation, which isn’t terribly intuituve or efficient, but it’s a start. This interactive program is written in Processing and uses various online patent databases.
Currently it allows several interesting group selection operations including tag cloud generation, date, inventor and class-based organization.
I’ll post more pictures and an online demo soon.