Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia Added to Derwent World Patents Index

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Recently Derwent World Patents Index (DWPI) added the emerging Southeastern Asian countries of Vietnam, Thailand, and Malaysia to its growing collection. Trailing the BRIC(K) countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, Korea) that we talked about in our previous post on the new PatBase coverage, these countries in Southeastern Asia are thought to be the next wave of economic development, and thus intellectual property development. Southeast Asia (under the ASEAN banner) accounts for 1.5 trillion USD in Gross Domestic Product. Read on to see what kind of coverage DWPI offers of these three key players in Southeast Asia as well as some interesting patent statistics from Vietnam, Thailand, and Malaysia.


In December 2010’s Dialog Chronolog, Dialog detailed the updates in DWPI for Vietnam and Thailand:

* Coverage of all Patent applications and Granted patents published from January 2010
* Records identified as basic with a DWPI title and abstract, with manual codes applied as required
* Deep indexing (Markush, DCR, Polymer and Fragmentation coding) applied to records classified in the relevant CPI sections.

Malaysia’s inclusion into DWPI was covered in the December 2010 edition of STNewsline:

With the inclusion of patent content from Malaysia, publications from an additional patent issuing authority are now available in DWPI. We have now loaded the granted patents from Malaysia that were published on 15th January 2010. This new content started appearing in product from DWPI Update 201075.

In October 2010, I had the pleasure of attending the 2010 IP Solutions Customer Conference in Detroit, where Thomson Reuters representatives confirmed that Derwent content for these three countries would consist of human translations at first (as opposed to machine translations or machine assisted translations). These records will also contain the “full value add” content of other top level country coverage, such as Chemical Fragmentation Codes.

Thomson Reuters lists the DWPI coverage for Vietnam, Thailand, and Malaysia as such:

  • Vietnam – Applications and granted patents from January 2010.
  • Thailand – Granted patents from January 2010.
  • Malaysia – Granted patents (including utility grants) from January 2010.

It should also be noted that DWPI already covers one other major Southeast Asian power: Singapore. DWPI has Singaporean coverage for patent applications dating back to 1996.

If that news didn’t tide you over until dinner time, here’s a side dish of statistics:

The Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia reported that from 2000-2009, there was an average of 5,220 patent applications per year to go with 2,924 granted patents per year.

In a similar period from 2000-2008, the National Office of Intellectual Property of Vietnam reported there was an average of 706 granted patents per year.

During 2000-2009, the Department of Intellectual Property of Thailand reported “Invention” (i.e. non design) patent applications averaged 5,720 a year.

As you can see from these statistics, none of these three countries is a patenting powerhouse, yet they still remain important. If your prior art search requires that you uncover everything possible, DWPI has now become more important with expanded coverage of Vietnam, Thailand, and Malaysia. That being said, nothing beats a detailed search of the native language text. PatBase, for example offers native language coverage of Thai granted patents back to 1982 including claims. Landon IP, the provider of this blog, can help you navigate through your detailed foreign language search needs with our staff of technically savvy, native language speaking patent searchers and translation experts.

Do you do patent searching in the Southeast Asia region? What do you think of these updates to DWPI? Let us know in the comments below!

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This post was contributed by Intellogist Team member Chris Jagalla. The Intellogist blog is provided for free by Intellogist’s parent company, Landon IP, a major provider of patent search, technical translation, and information services.

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