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The EPO offers an excellent resource, the East meets West forum, which is directed to an “information exchange on Asian patents.” I follow all the East meets West news in my RSS reader, and recently learned that the Taiwan Patent Office just launched a new English-language search interface. What’s more, the database now offers new English-language citation information for documents back to January 1st, 2008.
The news release notes that citation information was previously only available in Chinese from the Taiwan patent search site. This brings up an interesting fact about searching the patent office websites of other countries: there are many features of Asian patent office search systems that are only available from their native-language interfaces. To the uninitiated, this seems amazing, but document retrieval insiders who know the tricks of the trade will assure you that it’s true. For example, I once labored for twenty minutes without success to download a TW patent from the older Taiwan search system interface, only to read the EPO tutorial and grab it from the Chinese interface in a few moments. Lucky for us, the European Patent Office has tried to make this specialized knowledge available to the rest of us through their Virtual Helpdesk, which includes tutorials on patent searching in China, Taiwan, India, Japan, and Korea.
To coincide with the release of the new English TIPO search interface, the helpdesk tutorials for Taiwan now include topics for retrieving citation data from the English-language interface, and on retrieving legal status data from both the Chinese and English interfaces. While you’re checking out the Taiwan tutorials, you should click over to the entries for other countries as well:
- The tutorials on China include information on SIPO, CNIPR, C-Pat and CNPAT (and to make sense of all those acronyms, see our earlier post on Chinese patent searching).
- There are no Indian searching tutorials as yet, but the general helpdesk page on India has some useful items, including information about their numbering system.
- The Japanese tutorials are directed to using the IPDL, with notable topics related to FI/F-terms and electronic file inspection.
- For Korean tutorials, the entries focus on using KIPRIS, and one notable entry focuses on retrieving detailed legal status in English.
The wealth of information in the Virtual Helpdesk is absolutely enormous. I recommend bookmarking it! I know the tutorials have worked for me in the past.
Does anyone else have Asian patent search battle stories to share, or resources to recommend? Let us know in the comments!
This post was contributed by Intellogist Team member Kristin Whitman.
Filed under: Patent Search News, Patent Search Systems, Search Tips and Tricks | Tagged: Asian patent searching, china, East meets West, EPO, European Patent Office, file history, IPDL, japan, KIPRIS, Korea, Taiwan, Virtual helpdesk |