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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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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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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Expand Your Patent Search Query Through Multilingual Translation Tools

During an initial scope of the available prior art, it can be useful for a patent searcher to expand their query through machine-translation tools to include query terms translated into multiple major languages.  Even if the searcher isn’t fluent in multiple languages, they will still be able to get a general idea of how much prior art is available internationally on a particular technology. When conducting a global prior art search, there’s no replacement for a search conducted by one or more native-language speakers through the patent and non-patent literature in multiple major languages.  Although the following query expansion tools shouldn’t be used as substitutes for a thorough search by multilingual professional searchers, these tools will still be helpful for scoping the availability of international prior art.

The CLIR (Cross-Lingual Information Retrieval) on PATENTSCOPE is the best free option for cross-lingual query expansion, and we’ve briefly looked at this tool in a past Valentine’s Day post.  If users have access to PatBase, they can utilize the new Language Explorer tool (added to the system in March 2012) to expand their query.   The Language Explorer tool is powered by CLIR, so users will get similar query expansion suggestions through both CLIR and Language Explorer.  If users subscribe to Questel’s Orbit.com platform, they can utilize the Multilingual Search Wizard to expand their search with terms in German, French, and English.

After the jump, we’ll take a closer look at each of the multilingual query expansion tools on PATENTSCOPE, PatBase, and Orbit.com!

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New Features for PatBase

New features in a patent search system can make you feel like a kid in a candy shop. At least that’s the way we feel here at Intellogist! Professional patent searchers are always looking for the latest edge to make them more efficient and better searchers, while at the same time cutting out some of the tedious tasks that derail them from being 100% productive.

Today we’ll check out some of the features added to PatBase in July, which include several shortcuts, automatically generated forms, improved highlighting and even a whole new tool!

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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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Is it possible for software to summarize a patent?

Patent searchers need to be both thorough and efficient, and sometimes a searcher needs to skim the description and/or claims of a patent document to determine its relevance to the search criteria.  Here’s where we face a problem, though: patent documents can be long.  Very long.  Instead of wading through all 50 claims, there are tools out there that allow a searcher to view a summarized version of the document.  The abstract of a patent is meant to be a summary of the document, but sometimes the abstract fails to include important technical terms or features that are relevant to a prior art search.  Therefore, an extended summary automatically generated from the claims or description may be useful in those circumstance where the abstract doesn’t provide enough information to determine the document’s relevance.

In the newest version of PatBase, a “Summarise” tool can be used to condense the Title/Abstract, Claims, or Description sections of a patent document to 1, 5, 10, 25, or 50% of its original length.  If you don’t have a PatBase subscription, free options are also available. Back in January, 3 Geeks and a Law Blog highlighted 5 Resources for Summarizing Web or Other Content.  Two of these applications, GreatSummary and FreeSummarizer, seem particularly promising for patent summation, since they allow users to cut and paste large blocks of text into a form and choose the number of sentences for the condensed output.

After the jump, we’ll experiment with the PatBase “Summarise” tool and the two free summarizing tools to see which application produces the best patent document summary!

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Where to Find the Latest Search News and Database Updates

Search systems are changing constantly; just look at the recent updates to Compendex, Inspec, and PatBase.  How can you stay updated on the latest changes to both free and subscription search systems  for patent and non-patent literature?  Here at Intellogist, we have to constantly check a number of blogs and websites so that we can add the most recent system changes to the “Major Recent Updates” sections of our Intellogist Reports.  We also have to learn about the newest free and subscription search systems and databases to add to the growing list of Community Reports and resources listed on the Resource Finder.

Continue reading to learn about the best blogs and websites for finding the latest database and search system news!

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Top 5 PatBase Update Highlights

A full review of the PatBase System Report on Intellogist was recently completed, and now you can check out all the new updates that have been added to PatBase.  From new full-text country coverage to a Visual Explorer tool, PatBase has added patent data and new search, viewing, and analysis features to improve your patent search experience.  We’ve mentioned that the PatBase updates were some of the best patent search gifts of 2011, so let’s explore a few of these innovative features.

After the jump, learn about the top five PatBase updates in the fully-reviewed PatBase System Report!

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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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