Top 5 Intellogist Posts of 2012

In 2011, top Intellogist Blog posts covered patent applications for Godly powers and the mysterious search secrets of US patent examiners.  Posts in 2012 seem to have been a bit less mystical and a bit more grounded in practical concerns, such as how major search systems will implement the oncoming Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC). Danny Rooney has been able to inject a bit of much-needed humor into this otherwise serious blog, with tips on finding the best musical patents, cleaning patents, grilling patents, and even patents to help you battle zombies during the upcoming Mayan Apocalypse.  The Intellogist Blog covered useful topics this year such as open access resources and the consequences of a poor patent translation, but a few posts were particularly popular among Intellogist readers.  Today we’ll take a quick look back at five of the most popular Intellogist Blog posts from 2012, ranging in topic from the CPC to intellectual property issues on Pinterest.

Continue reading for a recap of the top five Intellogist Blog posts from 2012, and celebrate the New Year, IP-style!

1. Google Translator vs. Bing Translator, Parts 1 and 2 – This two-part post used the free text comparison tool from the Patent Workbench® Reader to compare translations from both Google Translate and Bing Translator for a German abstract, a Chinese abstract, and a Japanese abstract (from the original language to English).  The post series concluded with an interview with Sonja Olson,  Landon IP’s Director of Translation Services, who described how both machine translation services are designed for general use and not for legal or business purposes. Google’s translations tend to be a bit more fluent and easier to understand, but this readability may come at a price.  The machine translation may stray more from the source material for the purpose of readability, which may not be an issue when skimming for relevancy during a patent search, but this deviation from the source material would be dangerous when utilizing the translated patent for business or legal purposes.   If both readability and  accuracy are needed for a patent translation, then you should utilize the skills of a professional patent translation service.

2. Ready or Not, the Cooperative Patent Classification Has Arrived! - Kristin Whitman gives a detailed overview of the of the features of the Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC), which will replace both the current US patent classification system and the European patent classification system (ECLA).  Kristin also describes reasons for CPC development and requirements for implementation, details about the re-classification of the existing patent corpus, and an overview of new practices at the USPTO due to the CPC. Landon IP Director of Training and Special Projects Jonathan Skovholt provides analysis of how CPC features, implementation, and re-classification will affect the patent search field.

3. Google’s “Prior Art Finder” — What it is and what it isn’t – Chris Jagalla explains the uses and limitations of the “Prior Art Finder” tool that was recently added to Google Patents.  Pros of the Prior Art Finder include automatic query generation, a helpful federated search through various Google entities, and a user-friendly post search modification process.  Down sides of the tool include the facts that results are limited to Google search engines, queries must be generated from a document present in Google Patents’ database (US or EP documents), and automatic query generation and results are hit-and-miss. Chris concludes that those users who are seeking a complete professional prior art search will find that the Prior Art Finder is merely a first drop in the bucket.

4. An Incredible Free Patent Citation Search and Analysis Tool: The CCD – This post reviews the Common Citation Document (CCD) tool, which allows users to view documents cited by the EPO, USPTO, JPO, and citations from PCT applications for patent families related to a specific patent application. This tool was created by the EPO, JPO, and USPTO and is freely available online.  It includes the the capability to view full-text of cited patent documents, the division of cited documents in a list by source of citation and connection to a specific patent application, the category of relevance for EPO citations,  a compilation of “classifications and fields searched” for an entire patent family, and a timeline view to illustrate the time span for a collection of citations.

5. A Timeline of Intellectual Property Issues on Pinterest – This post highlighted a number of articles and blog posts from February and March of 2012 that tell of an ongoing saga over the copyright-related criticism that Pinterest was facing. Pinterest was a controversial topic within the IP community this year, since the site may promote copyright violation through the unauthorized sharing of copyrighted work. The Terms of Service (ToS) for the site have also come under scrutiny after a blog post by a lawyer analyzing the Pinterest ToS went viral. The post concludes with detailed commentary on the Pinterest intellectual property controversy from Kimberley Trainor, the trademark search manager at Landon IP.

Which Intellogist Blog post from 2012 was your favorite?  Let us know in the comments, and have a Happy New Year!

Technical Translations from Landon IP

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.

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