The Latest Patent Search News: Japanese Patent Translations on Espacenet, Free Sneakpeaks on DeepDyve, and TotalPatent Export Updates

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:

  1. English-Japanese automatic machine translation is now available on Espacenet.
  2. TotalPatent has greatly improved its export capabilities.
  3. 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!

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Two Fantastic Updates to Free Patent Search Tools: Espacenet and PATENTSCOPE

Free patent search tools like Espacenet and PATENTSCOPE are an excellent resource for both casual  and professional patent searchers who want to quickly locate data on a specific patent document or scope out more detailed citation, legal status, and family data for both US and non-US patent documents. Recently, both Espacenet (created by the EPO) and PATENTSCOPE (created by WIPO) released some useful new updates: direct links to the Common Citation Document (CCD) viewer are now accessible from INPADOC family lists on Espacenet, and a new collection of US patent documents has been added to PATENTSCOPE. 

After the jump, learn about the new citation viewing features for INPADOC families on Espacenet, and find out the coverage of PATENTSCOPE’s new US collection!
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Espacenet Assistant: a free resource to learn about patent information, search techniques, and more

The Espacenet Assistant is a new tool on the Espacenet site that aims to help users understand patent information, search basics, and new features within Espacenet itself. Available in English, German, and French, the tool is user friendly and easy to navigate. Especially helpful in that regard is the interface which includes a table of contents on the left side, back/forward advancement on the bottom, and web-like home/directory at the top of most pages.

From the start, the tool offers to let you take a guided tour through a large swath of information or cut to the chase with a listing of “crash courses” that get to the meat of a specific topic of information.

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The “crash course” system allows users to learn at their own pace and review previous material.

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My Favorite Patent Search Tool Updates of 2012

Another year has come and gone, and it’s that time in December where we’re all racing to the nearest mall (or Amazon) to shop for holiday gifts for the important people in our lives.  Patent searchers enjoy getting presents too, and each database update is a small gift of new features and tools to improve the prior art search and analysis processes.  New databases and search platforms are the equivalent of a new bicycle or Xbox, and searchers can’t wait to take the new system for a test ride.  Like last year, I’d like to highlight a few of my favorite patent search gifts that I’ve received in the last twelve months, including updates and new platforms for both free and subscription patent search systems. Over the past year, there have been major updates to Orbit.com, Google Patents, and Espacenet, and I’ve been impressed by new patent search tools like the CCD and WIPS Global ADVANCED. Patent searchers have received an abundance of gifts this year, but professionals who work with patent file histories shouldn’t feel left out, either: they can take an innovative new patent file history service for a free test ride!

After the jump, learn about the best patent search system updates and new tools of 2012, as well as a unique resource for professionals who review patent file histories!

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How Major Patent Search Systems will Implement the CPC

The full roll out of the Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) is less than a month away, and the classification search options for US and EP patent publications will soon change drastically for prior art searchers.  After January 1, 2013, the CPC will completely replace ECLA, and all US published applications will carry CPC classifications.  The EPO and USPTO released a “CPC launch package” back in October which contained the complete CPC scheme, any finalized CPC definitions, and an ECLA-to-CPC-to-IPC concordance. The USPTO and EPO have been thoroughly preparing for the transition to the CPC, but how are the distributors of major patent search systems preparing for the implementation of the CPC?  From the Major Recent Updates sections of the Intellogist Reports, I’ve compiled a quick guide on how Espacenet, Orbit.com, TotalPatent, Thomson Innovation, PatBase, and Dialog will make the CPC searchable within each of their systems.

Continue reading to learn how each of these major patent search platforms will handle the new Cooperative Patent Classification!
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Search Resource Round-Up: EAST Training Package, 7 New Patent Translate Languages, and SureChem Direct!

Intellogist isn’t able to hand out candy during Halloween, but we do have some treats ready.  Instead of candy corn (who needs more of that, anyways?) we have a variety of useful patent search resources for you to sink your teeth into.  During a recent foray onto the USPTO website, I noticed that there was now an introductory training package available for EAST (Examiner Automated Search Tool), so we’ll take a quick look at this helpful learning resource.  Patent search professionals are constantly on the lookout for updates to both free and subscription patent search tools which may improve their prior art searches, so I was excited to hear about two such updates: the recent release of the chemical patent search product SureChemDirect and the addition of seven languages to the Patent Translate tool on Espacenet.

Continue reading for a round-up of patent search news and resources: the EAST training package, SureChemDirect, and the new languages on Patent Translate!
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Candy ECLA Classifications

Soon the EPO will bid a fond farewell to the European Classification System (ECLA), which has already been frozen as of July 2012 and will soon be replaced by the  Cooperative Patent Classification System (CPC).  The full rollout for the CPC is January 1, 2013, but the EPO and USPTO have already released the complete CPC scheme, some finalized CPC definitions and an ECLA-to-CPC-to-IPC concordance in a recent “CPC launch package.”  Professional patent searchers will need to stay familiar with ECLA, since important patent prior art may have ECLA classification which will serve as a useful search tool.  Just in time for Halloween, let’s take a look at the sweetest ECLA classes, as well as some of the patents classified with these candy-themed codes!

After the jump, sample the sugariest ECLA class and sub-classes!
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Patent Search Updates from the EPO: New Features on Espacenet and the Full Scheme of the CPC

Where do you get your EPO news? There are plenty of choices to pick from: you can subscribe to an RSS feed for news or website updates, receive a bimonthly e-mail newsletter, or simply check the EPO website directly for news on important patent search and classification products created by the EPO, such as the free online patent search system Espacenet and the upcoming Cooperative Patent Classification system (CPC).  The EPO  recently announced updates to both of these products, so I’ll give you a brief run-down of the newest features on Espacenet and exciting news about the release of the CPC scheme and some definitions prior to the full January 1, 2013 rollout. Prior art searchers use Espacenet on a regular basis as a free source of global patent data, and the CPC will soon replace ECLA and the USPC as the main global patent classification system.

Stay up-to-date on the latest EPO news about these crucial patent search and classification products, and continue reading for a summary of recent Espacenet updates and a sneak peak at the CPC!
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Free Machine Translation Round-up: Patent Translate and 2lingual

As we’ve proved in past posts, machine translations aren’t always accurate, especially for translations of patent documents.  In a previous post,  Landon IP’s Director of Translation Services Sonja Olson summed up the problem with machine translations: “machine translation will get the gist of the document, but it will lose the nuance.  Machine translation can plug words together, but it can’t understand the sentence as a whole.” Machine translations can be useful for browsing documents for relevance during the search process, but professional human translations should be used for filing or legal purposes.

Today, we’ll take a look at two machine translation tools that can be used for initial prior art search purposes: 2lingual for non-patent literature (NPL) and Patent Translate for patent documents on Espacenet.  Both tools utilize the machine translation functions of Google Translate.

After the jump, we’ll look at how 2lingual and Patent Translate can help you expand your prior art search and evaluate non-English patent documents for relevance!

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The Best Patent Search Gifts of 2011

The holidays are a time to reflect on all the wonderful gifts for which we have to be thankful: family, friends, and (of course) database platform updates.  Ok, so maybe everyone isn’t excited over every new Espacenet update, but for patent searchers, a new search system update can be as exhilarating as a fresh batch of presents on Christmas morning.  A database update may add new search functions, archiving/analysis features, or new data coverage that can give the searcher new sources and methods for locating relavent prior art.  So, in honor of the holiday season, I’ll list some of the top gifts that patent searchers received in 2011.

After the jump, read about the best patent database updates, new free patent search and analysis sites, the best new non-patent literature search platform, and the best new tool for patent attorneys!
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