Read on to conduct a search through PATENTSCOPE’s collection of PCT documents for chocolate inventions from around the world!
I first go to the English search interface for the CLIR search tool on WIPO’s PATENTSCOPE. The form allows the user to enter a query (using the PATENTSCOPE search syntax, if the user wants to create a more complex query). I choose to just use a keyword search for the English term “chocolate”, and I choose the “Automatic” expansion mode (for more information on the “Supervised” expansion mode option, read this WIPO help document on CLIR). I also choose to make the search as precise as possible, since I only want inventions focused solely on chocolate.
The search results display the entire query that was entered into the PATENTSCOPE system, based on the automatic query expansion from the CLIR tool. The tool appears to translate the English term into German, Spanish, French, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Dutch, and all terms are searched for in the titles and abstracts of the PCT documents. I have the option to refine the search criteria or turn the search into an RSS feed to monitor for any new result.
In the search results, I find a variety of cocoa innovations. Here are some of my favorites:
- (WO2003013264) HYPOALLERGENIC CHOCOLATE
- (EP0512910) Hypocaloric chocolate
- (WO2007105666) CHOCOLATE DRAWING METHOD
So enjoy your hypoallergenic/hypocaloric/sausage chocolate, and have a happy Valentine’s Day!
Do you know of any fun Valentine’s Day patents? 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.