To make effective data analysis a reality, a Patent Matrix is needed. This Matrix allows certain data aspects, such as product or technology, to be visualized clearly by integrating them into a pivot table that represents patent data in a hierarchical way.
The key, however, is to make the data or fields in the Patent Matrix completely customizable by the user. Ease of use is important. Instead of forcing users to attempt to do this on their own, as was necessary in the past, this customization of the data should be incorporated right into the Matrix and achievable in just a few clicks.