Battle of the Patent Search Systems

Hello again from a very rainy Washington DC metro area! This week’s theme is the Battle of the Patent Search Systems because of all the activity we are seeing on our System Ratings pages. If you use the Quick Table Comparisons tool to view the ratings of our spotlighted search systems – QPAT, PatBase, TotalPatent, and Thomson Innovation – side-by-side you’ll see that QPAT and PatBase are currently tied for the lead with 4 stars each (on a scale of 1-5 with 5 being the most positive rating) while Thomson Innovation and TotalPatent have 3 stars each. If you have a preference for one of these systems get in on the action and cast your vote today!

If you’d like the run the comparison yourself, open the Quick Table Comparisons page, log in to Intellogist, choose the four systems listed above, and click “Compare.” The resultant Comparison Table shows information about each of the systems including, near the top of the table, the current ratings for each of these systems. Click on the “Rate This System” link to cast your vote.

I am happy to report that Intellogist had another good week in our six month challenge to grow the Intellogist community, garner more repeat visits, and create more involvement within our registered user base. If you have not been following this update series you can quickly get up to speed by reading our first post, A Call to Action, and our most recent weekly update, Time Flies and a Community Emerges!

For the latest reporting period, March 5 through March 11, our statistics are as follows:

  • We had 1,070 visits from 887 visitors. In the previous week we had 1,005 visits from 777 visitors. Our goal is to increase our traffic to 5,200 visits per month.
  • We had 344 visits from returning visitors. In the previous week, we had 381 visits. Our goal is to achieve 2,560 return visits per month.
  • We did not have any user contributions to the wiki sections of Intellogist this week, our Best Practices, Community Reports, and Glossary sections. Our goal is to have 50 additional user contributions to the wiki sections of Intellogist by the end of the challenge.
  • Thanks in part to our concerted efforts at letting people know about our Ratings pages, we had four new votes for PatBase and TotalPatent and three new votes for QPAT and Thomson Innovation. The current totals in the Overall Rating category are:
    • 25 votes on PatBase (4 new votes since last week)
    • 16 votes on QPAT (3 new votes since last week)
    • 10 votes on Thomson Innovation (3 new votes since last week)
    • 13 votes on TotalPatent (4 new votes since last week)
  • We had 18 new users register on Intellogist. What follows is a sampling of members from our global community. To see the entire list of members, visit our Community Page:

We encourage all Intellogist users to complete their social profiles. To do this, log in to Intellogist, and click the username that appears in the upper right hand corner of the page, or click on your user avatar which appears on the left side of the window under the “HOT Items” section. When your profile page loads, select the “Edit Profile” link next to your avatar. If you’d like to learn more about connecting with other users on Intellogist, please read last week’s post Time Flies and a Community Emerges!

Intellogist provides valuable tools for prior art searching such as our Interactive Patent Coverage Map and Resource Finder and it allows you to share your expertise and connect with other people from around the world who have similar interests. If you haven’t done so yet, join Intellogist today, get involved, and discover what a worldwide patent community can do for you.

Read Battle of the Patent Search Systems: Part 2.

Patent Resources Group

This post was contributed by Intellogist team member Julie Cook.


6 Responses

  1. I just discovered the Intellogist community through a PIUG blog post. Quite neat!

    Regarding patent search tools, many of those under evaluation in the so-called “Battle” were new to me. Incidentally, in the course of my job, I was asked, about two years ago, to identify and evaluate patent search solutions. I did compare some well-known patent databases and search tools (Derwent, ProQuest, QPAT, Thomson Innovation). In the end, we chose QPAT. In the patent field, it does the job, despite a few glitches and speed problems every once in a while. The possibility to set up weekly alerts is a very powerful feature. Thomson Innovation would have been great, especially the possibility of searching altogether the patent (Derwent, with a user-friendly interface), scientific/biomedical literature (Current Contents Connect through the Web of Science interface) and business/news releases fields. Themescape Maps is an additional powerful asset. All these possibilities come at a price, though.

    I am looking forward for comments on patent search tools.

    Intellogist folks: keep up the good work!


    Jean-Francois Leblanc
    Scientific Information Specialist
    Quebec City

  2. Hello Jean-Francois,

    We’re so glad you found us! We created the Intellogist tool in part for people in exactly the situation you describe – those needing to evaluate commercial patent search offerings and who may be starting from scratch.

    I agree with your assessment of Thomson Innovation – the ability to access scientific and business literature on the same platform as patents is a very nice feature. And weekly alerts are always nice to have – I am noticing that this feature is now getting more commonplace among commercial patent search tools – now even SumoBrain (, a free search tool, offers this feature.

    Thanks for your comments and I hope you’ll stop back again.

    By the way, Quebec city must be getting ready for a beautiful springtime! I’m quite envious! :)

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  4. Was wondering if folks have seen

    UI-aside…it stands apart in terms of the relevancy matching and its ability to use large amounts of content for its search criteria. Unlike the boolean search tools this one can use one or a dozen documents as its search criteria.

    Try using the entire contents of a patent as your search criteria and see what results it returns vs. some of your other methods.

    Further, it allows you to take the content of your searches and apply them to other data sets – wiki, code of law, etc. It will have a completely new UI and feature set on Nov. 1st. Good luck.


    (full disclosure – our parent company Fluid Innovation has a business relationship with

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