More than 3 million patent applications are filed annually worldwide, a figure that is increasing by approximately 8% each year . Despite this vast number of applications, the cost of filing a patent remains a substantial barrier to individual inventors, universities and research centres, and early stage SMEs who are pre-investment or have raised only a small seed round to fund initial product development. The concept of the “patent bargain” necessitates that inventors disclose their invention to the public in exchange for a period of legal exclusivity. There exists a substantial need for solutions that reduce this cost of access to the patent system, particularly in the promotion of innovation ecosystems. Patwiser from Caravel Innovation is an innovative software platform that aims to address this challenge.