Search Reports, Patent Documents, and File Histories from Brazil through e-Patentes

Professional patent searchers will often need to search for both patent and non-patent literature (NPL) prior art on a global scale during an exhaustive validity search.  Multilingual search capabilities, access to a wide range of both free and subscription patent and NPL databases, and the knowledge and skill to thoroughly search these systems are all necessary components for a successful global prior art search. Patent search provider Landon IP offers the most thorough global prior art searches available, thanks to a team of highly skilled multilingual patent search professionals who can skillfully utilize a range of patent and non-patent literature search systems from around the world.  The in-depth search system information available through Intellogist provides a glimpse into the global prior art search resources which Landon IP searchers utilize on a daily basis.

For example, today we’ll take a quick look at a free resource listed on Intellogist called e-Patentes, which can be used to locate PDF copies of Brazilian patent documents, as well as the search reports and file history papers related to these Brazilian patent records.

Read on to learn about e-Patentes, one of many global patent search resources described on Intellogist!

The Main e-Patentes Portal

The Instituto Nacional da Propriedade Industrial (INPI) of Brazil provides a free online portal for patent searching, filing, and administration called the e-Patentes Platform. The portal is available in Portuguese, Spanish, or English, and users can change the interface language by selecting from the language options in the upper right corner of the portal. The service is divided into seven modules:

  • e-Services
    • Module 1 – Provision of documents and Statistics through the Web
    • Module 2 – Electronic OnLine Filling
    • Module 3 – Biological Sequence Listings
  • e-Administration
    • Module 4 – International Patent Classification
    • Module 5 – Collaboration among offices of Industrial Property
    • Module 6 – Document Management
    • Module 7 – Process Management
The main portal for e-Patentes, linking to a variety of patent search and filing resources.

The main portal for e-Patentes, linking to a variety of patent search and filing resources.

The first module of the portal, “Provision of Documents and Statistics through the Web,” is the main section of the system that will be post useful to patent searchers, since the tools in this module allow users to access Brazilian patent search reports, full patents in PDF format, and file history documents.

According to the description on the e-Patentes homepage:

Module I is a subset of tools that are focused on providing Web documents that comprises a patent application. More specifically, the scope of this work involves three systems: e-Patentes/Parecer (e-Parecer), e-Patentes/Carta (e-Carta), and e-Patentes/Vista (e-Vista).

Search Reports: e-Parecer

This system allows users to search for INPI “reports generated in accordance with Article 35 of Law 9.279/96, during the technical examination of patent applications. The reports are available as PDF files with electronic signature, [and] the cited prior art documents are also available.”  Users can search by journal number or application number (after agreeing to a “terms of use” statement).

The search form for e-Parecer, including a detailed "terms of use" statement.

The search form for e-Parecer, including a detailed “terms of use” statement the user must agree to.

The search results will appear in a table listing the application number, journal number, date, publication number, any observation notes, links to the PDF versions of the available documents, and links to available statistics for each result.

Search results for an INPI journal through the e-Parecer system.

Search results for an INPI journal through the e-Parecer system.

Select the PDF icons under the “Documents” column to download the search reports and related documents.

The PDF version of an INPI search report.

The PDF version of an INPI search report.

Patents or Certificates of Addition of Invention: e-Carta

This system allows users to search for INPI “Patents or Certificates of Addition of Invention, which were granted in accordance with Article 38 of Law 9.279/96. The Patents or Certificates of Addition of Invention are available in PDF format with digital certification.” Users can search by journal number or application number in the e-Carta system, after agreeing to the “terms of use” statement. The search results will appear in a table listing the application number, application date, date of grant, any observation notes, and links to the PDF version of the available patent documents.

Search results on e-Carta.

Search results on e-Carta.

Select the PDF icons under the “Patent” column to download the full document in PDF format (after entering a reCAPTCHA code).

The first page of a Brazilian patent document in PDF format downloaded on e-Carta.

The first page of a Brazilian patent document in PDF format downloaded on e-Carta.

File History Documents: e-Vista

This system allows users to search for INPI “information and public documents of patent dossiers. Currently, the system is in assisted operation period, which means that not all information and documents are available for access.” This search interface resembles the European Patent Register. Users can access a quick search form (search by application number, application number before change in nature, or filing date) or an advanced search form (search by application number, application number before change in nature, filing date, applicant names, inventor names, agent name, or IPC code).

Advanced search option for e-Vista.

Advanced search option for e-Vista.

The hit list displays the document title, application number, publication number, applicant name, and IPC code for each result, and the full record for a document includes basic bibliographic data and a list of all papers included in the file history for the patent record (with links to view available papers in PDF format).

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List of available papers in a file history for a Brazilian patent record.

Conclusion

The Instituto Nacional da Propriedade Industrial (INPI) of Brazil has created an easily accessible online portal for both filing and searching Brazilian patent documents and related papers, and patent searchers will find the first module of the e-Patentes portal particularly useful for locating the PDF versions of BR patent documents and corresponding papers.  The e-Parecer and e-Carta sections of e-Patentes Module 1, which allow users to access Brazilian search reports and patent documents, both offer very basic search forms that allow users to search by only journal number or application number. The e-Vista section of Module 1 (which searches for file histories related to BR patent documents) has slightly more sophisticated search options than e-Parecer and e-Carta, since users can search by additional criteria like filing date, applicant names, inventor names, agent name, or IPC code in the advanced search form.  The e-Vista interface has very similar search and display options to the European Patent Register, while the e-Parecer and e-Carta tools offer only bare-bones search and display options.  All three tools in the e-Patentes Module 1 offer useful coverage, though, if a user needs to access the full text of a specific Brazilian patent document, its patent file history, or the related search report.

The Brazilian platform e-Patentes is just one example of hundreds of patent and NPL search resources listed on Intellogist. The broad variety of patent and non-patent literature search systems listed on Intellogist reflects the highly skilled, global search capabilities of Intellogist’s provider, Landon IP. Discover the enormous range of global patent search tools by visiting Intellogist’s detailed System Reports, the Patent Coverage Map, the Quick Table Comparison tool, the Resource Finder, or the numerous Community Reports about hundreds of search and analysis tools. You can also learn more about the targeted or global prior art search services provides by Landon IP.

Which free global patent search tools would you like to see reviewed on Intellogist?  Let us know in the comments!

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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