What is the best free online source for Italian patent data? The most obvious answer would be the Worldwide Database on Espacenet, which contains the bibliographic, title, and abstract information for IT documents from the INPADOC file, as well as some representative image and citation coverage for IT records. Italian patent data coverage can be rather spotty, especially through the INPADOC file, so users may need to search through alternate sources for specific documents or date ranges for Italian patent data. Professional patent searchers will have access to subscription patent search systems that may host expanded Italian patent data beyond the basic INPADOC coverage (such as the DWPI coverage accessible through Thomson Innovation). If you don’t have access to a subscription patent search system, there are also free online search portals which host bibliographic data for Italian patent records. Users can search directly through the Italian Patent and Trademark Office National Data Search, or you can utilize the FILPAT database, provided by FILDATA srl, which hosts bibliographic data on Italian utility models.
After the jump, learn about the coverage, search, and viewing features for two free online portals that host Italian patent data!