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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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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Free Webinar — Learn How Patent Workbench® Can Boost Your Productivity

Whatever your focus — litigation, opinion drafting, “designing around,” licensing, or valuations — Patent Workbench® will revolutionize your practice.

On January 18, 2012 from 2:00 to 3:00pm EST, Landon IP will be hosting a FREE WEBINAR providing a demo of the features and functionality of Patent Workbench®. You’ll learn how Patent Workbench® can help you begin Unleashing the Potential Within File Histories.

Spaces are limited, so act now! Learn more about this FREE WEBINAR and register today.

Read on for more info about Patent Workbench®!

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Cutting-Edge Efficiency with Patent Workbench™: An Interview with Product Manager George Shreck

We’ve already looked at some of the innovative features of Patent Workbench™ , a new productivity tool created by Landon IP.  The Intellogist Blog team was lucky enough to score an interview with George Shreck, the product manager for Patent Workbench™.  George told us about the process used to develop this breakthrough service, including how customer feedback helped to shape the main features of Patent Workbench™.

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Patent Workbench™: A New File History Tool

Patent Workbench™ is a tool that I’ve come to know over the last few months. As I’ve used it, I’ve begun to get more and more excited about its capabilities, as it’s very different from other tools I’ve seen. Patent Workbench™ is a service that includes the Patent Workbench™ Reader. This service allows users to analyze and manipulate patent file history information – all of the paperwork, correspondence, and references included in the prosecution of a patent application with the patent office – using a special file history package prepared by Landon IP. Having the benefit of seeing the tool early (full disclosure: Patent Workbench was created by the parent company of Intellogist®, Landon IP), I’ve noticed some features that I think the Intellogist Blog Audience will be interested in learning about.

The goal of this blog post isn’t to sell you anything (trying Patent Workbench™ is free), but to view Patent Workbench™ from the eye of someone familiar with handling and manipulating patent file histories. Always wish you could take collaborative notes on a file history? Compare versions of claims throughout the prosecution history? Easily search through the entire file history at once?

Read on to find out how Patent Workbench™ can accomplish those tasks quickly and easily!

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