CIPIS is a product of Clairvolex Knowledge Processes Pvt. Ltd., and non-registered users can search the website through the Quick, Advanced, or Expert search forms for each database and view the hit list for the first four or five results. Users must be registered to access the full result lists and full-record views. Additional services, such as ordering full-text documents, file wrappers, and monitoring of document legal status, are also available through the CIPIS system. The Intellogist Blog recently had the opportunity to test the Patent and Design databases in CIPIS, so read on to learn about the pros and cons of the system’s search functions, display features, and data coverage!
Pro: There are three separate databases to search through (patent, design, and trademark), and each database has a variety of search forms available. The patent and design databases include:
- Quick Search – Search through a variety of fields in a single search form.
- Advanced Search – Search within individual fields (combined by Boolean operators) using multiple search forms and drop-down menus.
- Expert Search – A command line interface for for crafting complex searches.
Con: The Quick Search form for both the patent and design databases didn’t accept application/patent/design numbers as legitimate queries. A search for an individual document number was only possible through the advanced search form for both patents and designs. In the expert search form, I was also unable to locate any results through document number searches. Problems with correctly formatting a number search in the expert form is partially due to the lack of help resources available on CIPIS (discussed further below).
Pro: The Quick Search lists all available fields which are searchable through the form (although it may incorrectly list document numbers as a searchable field). Fields are easy to use in the Advanced Search form through labeled search boxes and drop down menus. Available field codes are also provided below the Expert Search form.
Con: No query formatting guidelines are provided on any of the search forms. No help guides were accessible for trial users, but a representative from Clairvolex said that a help guide is provided to subscribed users.
Pro: Users can select to view only granted or pending documents (or both) through a drop-down menu option in the Advanced and Expert Search forms of the patent database.
Con: Users can’t re-sort the results in the hit list (i.e. alphabetically by title or chronologically by application/publication number or filing date).
Pro: Abstracts, IPC codes, and representative images are most often available in the full record view for granted patent records from 1985-1995.
Con: Both granted patents and applications for earlier decades (1970s and 1980s) often lack basic fields like abstracts and IPC codes in their full records.
Pro: The design database contains records dating from the 1970s to present, and all design records included Locarno classifications.
Con: Representative images for design records only seem to be available beginning in the mid 1990s.
CIPIS shows promise in its growing coverage of Indian intellectual property data, especially with its broad coverage of Indian designs. The patent and design databases each have a variety of search forms for all skill levels, but the forms lack basic formatting guidelines which would improve the ease of use for the system. Many of the patent document and design records are lacking basic record elements, such as IPC codes, abstracts, and representative images for earlier documents. Other issues with the system include the inability to resort the hit list chronologically or alphabetically, and the Quick Search forms for the patent and design databases don’t seem to accept document numbers as valid queries. CIPIS may be a useful tool for locating and ordering the full-text record or file history for various patent documents, and CIPIS also has an excellent collection of Indian designs, especially when compared to the coverage of Indian designs on other major subscription patent search systems.
Do you know of any other subscription-based or free search systems that cover Indian patents, designs, or trademarks? Let us know in the comments!
This post was contributed by Joelle Mornini. The Intellogist blog is provided for free by Intellogist’s parent company Landon IP, a major provider of patent searches, trademark searches, technical translations, and information retrieval services.