Posted on January 30, 2014 by Kristin Whitman
The all-volunteer PIUG annual conference planning committee has been working hard to put together this year’s program, and as usual, they’ve done a fantastic job. The upcoming PIUG 2014 Annual Conference will take place from April 26 – May 1, 2014 in Garden Grove, California. I strongly recommend attending the PIUG conference if you work with patent data. The program is always excellent, and includes in-depth analysis of challenges we encounter in our daily work. In addition, the networking opportunities are wonderful, because this conference is attended by a highly concentrated group of experts in the field. Anybody you bump into in the buffet line or sit next to in a workshop is guaranteed to have some fascinating information to share.
Intrigued? Read on for some highlights of PIUG’s 2014 annual conference program, and start booking your tickets to Garden Grove.
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Posted on November 12, 2013 by Kristin Whitman
Recently I was fortunate to attend the EPO Patent Information Conference (EPOPIC), held October 22-24th in Bologna, Italy. In addition to enjoying beautiful sights and delicious food, I was also treated to an excellent conference program on patent information. Read on for the highlights of my EPOPIC 2013 conference experience.
The major theme of this year’s EPOPIC was legal status information, and there were many European Patent Office experts on hand to discuss the subject. Other topics of interest included both the Cooperative Patent Classification, and the new Unitary Patent.
Patent legal status is one of the most challenging aspects of patent information. It’s difficult to find, difficult to interpret, and difficult to trust. At EPOPIC, suggestions were raised for the future development of better methods to provide patent legal status to the masses. Read on to learn more about ideas discussed at the conference.
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Posted on August 31, 2013 by jmornini
It’s been a busy summer for patent database providers, both free and subscription alike, and here are a few examples of the latest coverage and interface updates to some major patent search systems:
- TotalPatent has added both additional coverage (such as full text of Taiwan patent data including English machine translation) and improved PDF retrieval options.
- Users can now view an download PDF images from the USPTO Full Text and Image Database.
- The patent collections of Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have been added to WIPO’s free PATENTSCOPE search system.
Professional patent searchers need to stay up-to-date on the coverage and new features of both free and subscription patent databases, so continue reading to learn about these important updates to three popular search systems.
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Posted on July 27, 2013 by jmornini
The European Patent Office regularly updates its products, such as the patent search system Espacenet and the European Patent Register, with innovative new features and links. The European Patent Register provides procedural and legal data on EP, Euro-PCT and PCT-filings, and within the past year we’ve seen useful updates (such as links to the Belgian, Finnish and Norwegian Patent Registers) added to the system. This month, the EPO released a new set of improvements for the European Patent Register, including:
- An RSS feed that lists the latest EP Register Maintenance news.
- Additional information about “Appeal following Opposition.”
- The option to sort contents in the “Event History” view by date.
Continue reading to learn about these and many other updates recently added to the European Patent Register and the Register Alert system, and also get the latest news about plans to create a Federated Regsiter, which will display the latest official data supplied by the national patent authorities for a selected file in a consolidated table!
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Posted on May 18, 2013 by jmornini
Spring is here, and since the azaleas are blooming and gardens everywhere are looking lovely, I thought I’d honor spring by writing a quick primer on searching for U.S. plant patents. The USPTO website provides a thourough guide on how to apply for a plant patent, and this guide gives the following definition for plant patents in the U.S.:
A plant patent is granted by the Government to an inventor (or the inventor’s heirs or assigns) who has invented or discovered and asexually reproduced a distinct and new variety of plant, other than a tuber propagated plant or a plant found in an uncultivated state. The grant, which lasts for 20 years from the date of filing the application, protects the inventor’s right to exclude others from asexually reproducing, selling, or using the plant so reproduced.
Plant patents account for only a very small percentage of total US patent applications and granted patents: in 2012, there were only 1,149 plant patent applications, out of 576,763 total applications, and 860 granted plant patents. So where should you begin your hunt for this rare species of US patent?
Read on to learn the best search strategies for searching for plant patent records on the USPTO website and Google Patents! Continue reading
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Posted on March 19, 2013 by cjagalla
The European Unitary Patent has been a long time coming (depending on who you ask)! In any case, the process to get us where we are today has been a lenghty one. The reality of a European Union-centric patent may seem obvious to outsiders, following the economic ties generated by the creation of the EU, but the unitary patent has long been a subject of contention.
The European Patent Convention (EPC) of 1973 is the origin of the current “EP” patent administered by the European Patent Office. This patent provides protection in the member states (and extension states) party to the EPC.
The new unitary patent will live alongside the traditional “EP” patent as an option, according to the European Patent Office:
A unitary patent will be a European patent granted by the EPO under the provisions of the European Patent Convention to which unitary effect for the territory of the 25 participating states is given after grant, at the patentee’s request. The unitary patent will thus not affect the EPO’s day-to-day search, examination and granting work.
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Posted on March 13, 2013 by cjagalla
Hello Intellogist Blog readers! Today we’ll touch on two interesting news stories: DWPI celebrates its 50th year with new Indonesian coverage, and the Digital Public Library of America is getting ready to launch a new project in April with the addition of National Archives material.
Derwent World Patents Index is a long respected and unique source of value added patent data. Specializing and known for human-generated content such as translated and summarized abstracts, controlled vocabulary, and indexing, DWPI has entered its 50th year of availability.
Coverage within DWPI has grown in recent years to encompass many emerging markets, and Indonesian coverage is the latest example of this expansion. Coverage will include all patent applications and Indonesian Simple Patents published from 2010 forward. The 50th data source in DWPI will be deployed in the following way according to CAS:
Records identified as basics will have DWPI titles and abstracts and manual coding, with deep indexing for chemical records where applicable. The first records, from October 2012, appeared in DWPI update 201309, with the most recently published records being loaded first, followed by the backfile to 2010 over subsequent weeks. The backfile load is expected to be completed in Q2.
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Posted on March 6, 2013 by jmornini
I’ll admit, my interest in exploring the online search portals for various intellectual property office websites has gotten a bit out of hand. From Hungary to Singapore, I’ve taken a world tour of the many innovative websites that offer free access to a broad assortment of intellectual property records, ranging from utility patents and industrial designs to trademark and copyright records. This obsession for exploring worldwide IP portals has even created an entire section on Intellogist dedicated to patent authority websites. I recently visited the free online IP search portal for the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property, called Swissreg, which allows users to search through data on Swiss patents, trademarks, designs, SPCs, and even topographies. This portal offers a variety of fielded search forms for each intellectual property type (except topographies), and users can view bibliographic details and legal status information for each IP record. Links are also provided for patent results to the full documents accessible on Espacenet.
Continue reading for an overview of the coverage, search, and display options on the Swiss IP search portal Swissreg!
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Posted on March 5, 2013 by jmornini
In 2012, I discussed some of the best websites for locating database updates and search platform news. A network of blogs and websites exists that caters specifically to professional searchers and IT specialists, and these sites discuss the latest updates to popular patent and non-patent literature search platforms. The websites for specific database and search systems also often list the latest news about their respective search platforms, although these press releases are usually rather promotional in comparison to the more objective search engine news sites. One specific search platform mentioned frequently on these sites is both highly utilized and highly controversial within the prior art search community: Google.
Google produces a number of useful products that often provide a good starting point for patent and non-patent literature (NPL) prior art searches, such as Google Scholar, Google Books, and Google Patents. Users should remember, however, that Google is not the end-all resource for prior art searches. Both free and subscription patent and non-patent literature (NPL) databases exist that contain specialized collections of patent records, scholarly journal articles, etc. that aren’t accessible at all on Google. The Google search algorithm will also never replace the human strategy, technical knowledge, search skills, and multilingual knowledge of professional patent searchers. Just as a machine translation tool like Google Translate can’t replace the knowledge and comprehension of a professional human translator, Google search products can’t replace the expertise and strategy of a professional searcher. Google is just one of many search resources in the patent searcher’s tool belt.
Keeping that caveat in mind, Google products still provide an excellent starting point for scoping out relevant prior art (especially non-patent literature), so searchers should stay up-to-date on the latest Google news and product releases. After the jump, learn about three techniques for finding the latest Google search news!
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Posted on February 27, 2013 by danwolka
It seems we can’t go a single column without mentioning some sort of apocalypse. We had a bacon-apocalypse, the Mayan apocalypse, and now we have a potential apocalypse due to a large chunk of meteor flying across the sky in Russia recently, caught on numerous dashboard cameras, injuring over a thousand people due to the shockwaves. Now everyone knows that Russians put cameras on their dashboards to catch footage of cows being dumped from a truck that tips over (go to 3:01 mark), but who would have thought that technology would be used to capture what could have been the destruction of a part of Russia had the meteor impacted the Earth at a more direct angle. Since the world is largely ill-prepared to deal with a much bigger object headed toward the Earth, we need to turn to our heroes to save the day.
Here are some patents that might help us in the fight against meteors:
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