A Multitude of Free IP Search Options from the Hungarian Intellectual Property Office

Most intellectual property authority websites offer some type of online IP search portal, ranging from the basic bibliographic patent search tool on the Syrian Patent Office website to the multiple patent, trademark, design, and caselaw databases available from the French Patent Office. Occasionally I run across an IP office website which impresses me with the thorough coverage and advanced features offered through their online search portal, but I’ve never been more surprised than when I tested the Hungarian Intellectual Property Office IP Search platform. IP Search is the official search platform for the Hungarian Intellectual Property Office (HIPO) and provides a free English-language search interface for all “data of the electronic register of HIPO, as well as [...] data of the international and Community industrial property titles of protection effective on the territory of Hungary.” The portal provides an intuitive central interface where users can search through all imaginable types of Hungarian intellectual property: patents, SPCs, plant patents, utility models, trademarks, geographical indications, designs, topography, and even copyright records. The hit list provides easy filtering options through a flexible grid view, and users can download and display a wide range of data and full-text sections of Hungarian patent documents in the full record view.

After the jump, learn about the numerous search and viewing options available on this broad and sophisticated search portal for Hungarian intellectual property!

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IP Protecting IP: When IP Gets Meta

Sometimes modern society gets a bit too self-referential for its own good.  If you’ve spent any amount of time on Twitter, you often see tweets about tweets (“Thanks for the retweet!”). The intellectual property field is full of very tech-savvy, forward-thinking individuals who are so attuned to the world of IP that they think about everything through an IP lens, and intellectual property concepts are included in their patent, trademark, and copyright applications.  I first noticed this trend when I was looking at the homepage for the USPTO 2012 National Trademark Expo, and I saw the T.Markey logo waving back at me. T.Markey is an anthropomorphized registered trademark symbol, complete with googly eyes, gloves, and a pair of tennis shoes.

T.Markey (image from USPTO website).

I thought, “Wouldn’t it be amazing if this personified trademark was also a registered trademark?”  I checked TESS, and sadly I couldn’t locate “T.Markey” as a registered trademark.  This experience planted a seed of interest, though, so I began searching for examples of meta IP.

After the jump, read about patent applications, trademarks, and copyright records that begin to loop back in on themselves!
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Where Do You Start a Copyright Search?

Although Intellogist focuses on resources for patent searchers, we often explore search tools for other types of  intellectual property researchers. A few weeks ago, I gave a brief overview of how to search the USPTO’s Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS), an invaluable resource for trademark searchers focusing on US intellectual property.  Besides patents and trademarks, copyright is the third major type of intellectual property in the US, and the US Copyright Office provides access to all copyright records from 1978 to present through the US Copyright Catalog. The US Copyright Catalog is an excellent place to start a copyright search, although you may want professional searchers to help you with locating copyright records for important business decisions and legal matters.

Continue reading to learn about searching for copyright records through the online US Copyright Catalog!

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A Timeline of Intellectual Property Issues on Pinterest

Last week, we took a look at how patent searchers can use the popular social media platform Pinterest to create a new online community of patent enthusiasts.  Pinterest is currently a controversial topic within the IP community, 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. I found a number of articles and blog posts from the past month that tell of an ongoing saga over the copyright-related criticism that Pinterest is currently facing.  As some of the articles ask, could Pinterest become the next Napster?

Read on as I reconstruct a timeline of events surrounding the Pinterest intellectual property controversies.
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Why we should all be talking about Deepdyve

The first time I ever heard of DeepDyve, I was extremely pleased with the idea behind it and thought it would quickly become the new model for online access to journal articles. That was last summer, and I still hadn’t heard a peep until the news broke of a collaboration between DeepDyve and Nature Publishing Group.

Let me first tell you why DeepDyve is great. In prior art searching, we’re all on a mission to access as much of the world’s literature as we can, because *any* publicly available material can, in theory, knock out a patent’s validity. This means we constantly need to see the full text of academic journal articles – the abstracts and bibliographic data can’t give us any clue about the specific technical details held within. Academic researchers can get a good idea of what they need to read from the abstract; prior art searchers can’t.

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