The world of patent search tools moves at a lightening-quick pace, and professional patent searchers need to stay updated on the latest changes to both free and subscription patent and non-patent literature databases. So without further ado, here is a quick round-up of major updates to three popular search tools:
- English-Japanese automatic machine translation is now available on Espacenet.
- TotalPatent has greatly improved its export capabilities.
- The article rental portal DeepDyve now offers 5-minute free previews of articles.
Curious? Then continue reading to learn more about these important patent search tool updates!
English-Japanese Translation on Espacenet
In previous posts, we’ve compared Espacenet’s machine translation tool Patent Translate with other machine translation services, and we’ve reported on additional languages being added to the tool. The EPO announced recently that they have added Japanese-English machine translation services to Espacenet through the Patent Translate tool:
The EPO and the Japan Patent Office (JPO) today announced the launch of the Japanese-English component of the EPO’s automatic translation service Patent Translate. This means more than a million Japanese patent documents available via the EPO’s global patent database Espacenet can now be instantly translated into English free-of-charge at the click of a mouse. This major step offers access to Japanese patents in the full-text version, while Japanese inventors can read European patents in their own language.
Although these machine translations are no substitute for human translations for business or legal purposes, they will come in handy when initially judging the relevance of a Japanese patent search result on Espacenet.
TotalPatent Export Updates
- A new option in the Results list allows you to select fields for export directly to Microsoft® Excel®.
- You can choose to include clipped images in your export.
- The number of records you can export into a spreadsheet has increased from 200 to 3,000.
- The format and fields you last used will persist and auto-populate the next time you use the feature.
Free Previews on DeepDyve
DeepDyve, created by DeepDyve, Inc., is an online search platform for scholarly journals where users can rent articles to read online for a period of 24 hours or more. A press release recently announced “a new ‘freemium’ offering whereby users can preview the full text of any article for free for five minutes per day.” Users must subscribe (by providing an email address and selecting a password) before they can access the free preview service. Users can sample an unlimited number of articles, but each article can only be viewed for the free 5-minute period once every 24 hours. Although this free sample service doesn’t provide complete open access to paywall articles, this may be a useful way for prior art searchers to more carefully judge the relevance of an article as non-patent literature prior art before purchasing it.
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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.