WIPO Country Profiles: A Global Portal for IP Information

In a previous post, I highlighted the abundance of important resources that intellectual property (IP) professionals can find on the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) website: search systems for brands, patents, and IP-related laws and treaties through the WIPO GOLD portalIP Statistics at both an international level and for individual countries,  a wide range of IP news through the WIPO Magazine, a directory of IP offices, and more. The WIPO website includes country-specific information through both the IP office directory and the statistical country profiles,  but this useful information was previously unavailable through a central and easily accessible location.  The WIPO website has recently solved this problem by creating a central portal to access IP country profiles, and each profile links to contact information, legal information, statistics, and cooperation activities for a country.  This new portal provides an easy way for patent professionals to quickly locate all important information that WIPO has compiled for a specific country, without wasting time navigating through multiple portals on the website.

Continue reading to learn how to access the IP contact information, statistical data, and legal information for over 190 countries through the WIPO Country Profiles portal!

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Where to Find Patent & IP Videos and Podcasts Online

It’s useful to know where to find intellectual property-related books, newsfeeds, and blogs, but the internet offers other multimedia options for watching and listening to IP and patent news and discussions. A broad variety of video and audio resources are available for patent professionals, ranging from online video courses to free podcasts.  Many patent and intellectual property authorities offer free educational videos and podcasts on their websites, including the USPTO, EPO, and WIPO.  You can also locate free patent or IP-related podcasts through blogs, online directories, and organizational websites.  Finally, users can purchase high-quality online video courses about patent law, searching, or business techniques, and video-on-demand courses are even available to aid viewers in passing the US Patent Bar Exam.

After the jump, learn how to find the best podcasts and online videos about patents and intellectual property through patent authority websites, blogs, online directories, and  organizational sites!
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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 To Find Books About Intellectual Property

Where can one find the best recommendations for recent books on intellectual property?  I’m on the constant lookout for the answer to this question. I get some of my recommendations directly from the left sidebar of this blog, such as the must-read book Patent Searching: Tools & Techniques, edited by David Hunt, Long Nguyen, and Matt Rodgers. I find other useful book reviews and notices through a number of popular IP blogs, such as IPKat and PatentlyO.  I also use other common resources, such as Amazon, GoodReads, and WorldCat, to locate lists of recent intellectual property books (and find out where I can borrow or buy them).

Continue reading to learn some of the techniques I use to find interesting new books about intellectual property topics, and share your suggestions on where I can locate the best IP books!

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Prior IP: Patent Cluster Visualization

Prior IP (formerly SparkIP) is a neat site that is worth your attention because of its ability to automatically cluster and visually display technology areas with patent data. Today we’ll show you how to use Prior IP to explore and learn about patents in an unconventional way.

First, a little about what Prior IP (homepage) is and does: Prior IP is a patent search site that organizes patent documents into categories called clusters, which are organized ahead of time based on citation analysis. A granted patent or patent application can be in more than one cluster, and over 50,000 clusters exist in the Prior IP network. Visualizations related to clusters available on Prior IP include cluster maps, cluster landscapes and cluster neighborhoods.

Read on to find out more about how you can play around with Prior IP!

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Spinque: Patent Search of the Future?

The first thing you must be thinking upon seeing the title of this post is: “What’s a Spinque?” I thought the exact same thing when Arjen de Vries initially contacted me to take a look at his upcoming search system.

The short answer: Spinque is a search system that promotes “search by strategy,” a method of parametrization and query processing to allow greater control over the very fundamentals of how a search system functions, making it tailored to your needs as a searcher. Spinque can be utilized with any data set, but patents are one particularly applicable field.

The long answer: You’re going to have to read along as we give you a sneak peak into this interesting search tool that has been in development for two years!

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Better Patent Search With Two Monitors

When you don’t know that you don’t know, it’s a lot different than when you do know that you don’t know. – Bill Parcells

It can be hard to spot deficiencies in your own work routine, and patent searching is no exception to the rule. Personally, I conducted many patent searches using one monitor and didn’t even think to question if I was missing out. Since I’ve moved over to using a dual monitor setup…well, to borrow another quote, I’ll give you my monitors when you pry them from my cold, dead hands!

Last week, I opened up the floor to the readers to suggest what topics The Intellogist Blog should tackle next. Among the responses was a call at IPInsiders for more posts on patent searching tips and techniques (don’t worry, we’re working on the other suggestions too!).

Following this suggestion today, I’ll explain why having a dual monitor can help you conduct patent searches. Read past the jump to find out what you don’t know that you don’t know about patent searching!

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