A New Intellogist System Report on PatSeer: Top 5 Highlights!

A new Intellogist System Report on PatSeer, a patent search and analysis platform created by Gridlogics, is now available!  Gridlogics, who also created the patent analysis platform Patent iNSIGHT Pro, launched PatSeer in May 2012.  PatSeer coverage includes INPADOC bibliographic and abstract patent coverage, plus full text coverage of 15 patent authorities, as well as additional image, family data, legal status information, citation data, and corporate tree information. PatSeer is a relatively new patent search system that includes a variety of search interfaces, collaboration tools, and analysis options that both novice and advanced searchers will find intuitive and easily accessible.  The Coverage Map and Quick Tables on Intellogist have also been updated with information on PatSeer, so compare PatSeer’s coverage and features with similar patent search tools!

Continue reading to learn about some of the unique features of PatSeer highlighted in the Intellogist Report, such as the in-depth filtering options and the Patent Dashlets™ (business dashboards) that can be shared with colleagues and clients!

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A Free Report to Simplify Patent File History Analysis and Claims Comparison!

Landon IP is now offering for a limited time a free Prosecution Summary and Claims Comparison Report with every US patent file history order! See a sample of the Claims Comparison Report here.  Request the Comparison Report next time you need a patent file history, and receive these indispensable tools within a single convenient Microsoft Excel spreadsheet:

  • Claims Comparison: This table shows all changes to the text of every claim from application through patent grant, with a marked-up comparison between each version of the claim.
  • Evolved Claim®: A view of each patent claim that quickly summarizes how they evolved during prosecution, and in what paper each change was made.
  • Claims Tree: An easy-to-read chart visualizing the dependencies of all patent claims.
  • Prosecution Summary: A simple summary of key bibliographic data about the patent, including a summary of how the claims changed within each paper of the file.

Continue reading for an in-depth look at each of these tools within the free Report, and see how you can use them to analyze the file history and claims to support legal opinions, infringement analysis, Markman hearings, and more!

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Get ready for some great presentations at the PIUG 2014 Annual Conference!

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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The future of patent legal status information: A recap of the EPO’s Patent Information Conference (EPOPIC 2013)

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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Major August News Updates for Patent Searchers!

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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Get More Patent Legal Status Info Through the Updated European Patent Register

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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Searching for Beauty: How to Search for US Plant Patents

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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