Major Updates to PatBase and PatBase Express

PatBase is a unique patent search platform created by Minesoft and RWS Group which organizes patent publications under broad family-based records, and PatBase Express is a simplified version of PatBase targeted to novice patent searchers. We last took an indepth look at some of the newest features added to both PatBase and PatBase Express back in November 2012, when a Classification Finder, new folder export option, a new Excel export format, a PatBase Express interface in Spanish, and many other improvements were added to both systems.  Minesoft recently announced a number of new interface and coverage updates that have been added to both platforms, including the option to display Claims or Descriptions for a single publication according to your preferred country, more search and display tools on PatBase Express, translated assignee names for non-Latin families, and broader full-text coverage for Russia, Japan, and Taiwan. 

Continue reading for a quick summary of all the coverage updates and interface improvements on both the PatBase and PatBase Express platforms for Spring 2013!

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New Features for Patent Searchers Now Available on PatBase

When we last checked in on PatBase in July 2012, new tools added to the system included a “compare” tool, on-the-fly highlighting in full text, and a new IDS (Information Disclosure Statement) Generator, among other improvements.   Minesoft and RWS group recently announced a new round of updates to the system for November 2012, such as:

  • a Classification Finder.
  • an option to export a selected range of documents in a folder.
  • new export formats (XLSX and Matheo Patent).
  • PatBase Express interface in Spanish.
  • Publish search results from search history.

Continue reading for a full list and screenshots of the enhancements added to the PatBase and PatBase Express portals during the November 2012 update!

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March PatBase Updates!

PatBase has been busy in 2012!  We recently posted a review of the top PatBase updates from October 2011, which were included in the fully updated PatBase System Report on Intellogist.  The producers of PatBase, Minesoft and RWS Group, just released another round of PatBase updates for March 2012, and we’ll take a look at a few of those new features: new cross lingual search options, a Patent Drawings viewer, new legal status searching options, enhanced coverage, and more.

We’ve also fully updated the PatBase Express System Report on Intellogist, so read about the newest updates on this easy-to-use version of the PatBase system! After the jump, check out the latest updates to both PatBase and PatBase Express for March 2012.

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Meet the new PatBase

Update: This post has been edited to reflect that PatBase is jointly operated by Minesoft and RWS Group.

Not the same as the old PatBase, to reverse The Who lyric. Minesoft and RWS Group’s PatBase product has a new preview release that incorporates several new features such as a redesigned user interface, highlighting system, multi-window support and much more.

It’s always exciting to see new developments in products (or see new products, like CPA Global Discover) in the patent search field because it tells me that companies are listening to customers and striving to improve the tools that searchers use every day to make their livelihood. It also tells me that the industry is healthy and competitive, creating a rising tide that lifts all boats in this profession. Coverage continues to broaden and increase in depth across the board and PatBase is no exception. PatBase developers are continuing an ongoing process to include more non-latin full text data such as updating its Korean data to reach back to 2002. Non-latin search is now also possible for certain Thai documents.

The preview of the enhanced PatBase should be active for all users shortly at their preview web address. This is set to go final and live for all users by the end of the year. Read on for our impressions of a few more of the key features!

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PatBase Express USA and US focused patent search systems

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Sometimes less is more. At least that’s the theory behind PatBase Express USA (scroll to the middle of the page for more info). PatBase Express USA is a specific mask users can apply to the PatBase Express interface in order to restrict the patent data set to US patent documents only. Since PatBase Express is an interface mask for PatBase, it’s hard not to have flashbacks to last weekend when you watched Inception, but trust me, PatBase Express USA is not a dream within a dream.

Several other patent systems offer only US patent data (see: the USPTO website and Google Patents) while all others that contain US patent data allow users to restrict searching to exactly that data set via command language or interface selections. It makes sense that users only interested in US results can restrict the amount of data being searched in order to speed up the search and avoid wasting time looking through irrelevant results–to a point.

Depending on the family structure of the search system, it’s possible that limiting the system to US data only may cause non-US documents of interest to fall through the cracks during a patent search. Now, why would this matter if a client was only interested in US prior art? The non-US document of interest that may have been found using a more expansive data set could have identified an assignee, inventor, or even a related US patent document because of a unique combination of keywords not present in the available US patent document. In general, a more expansive search is always preferred, which in this case means casting a larger net over non-US documents even if the final selected prior art must be a US patent.
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