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In last week’s post about Free Bulk Patent Downloading Solutions, we got a helpful tip from reader Jim, pointing out his favorite patent downloading tool: GetIPDL. I spent some time researching this neat tool for Intellogist®, so I wanted to share what I found with you here today.
Patent downloading tools are an important and interesting area of examination in the patent informatics field, albeit an admittedly niche one. Many users have this function covered by their commercial search system of choice. Others don’t have the need to download patents separately from the search process. Others, however, use tool or site assisted patent download as a way to quickly retrieve patent(s) handed off to them in a list. This hand-off can happen between two colleagues at the same search firm/corporation or from inside counsel to outside search contractor.
Is GetIPDL worth your time as a tool that can help you download patent documents? Find out as I discuss how GetIPDL works, which patents it covers, and why the difference between the free and paid versions matter!
The first thing to note about GetIPDL is that, while there is a free (trial) version available, this version is unable to conduct any bulk patent downloading functions and is limited to one patent number input and subsequent download at a time. Further limitations include truncated documents for certain patent authorities.
Speaking of patent authorities, GetIPDL works by finding and downloading the requested document through the official servers of the national or regional patenting authority. The following servers are available for patent acquisition:
- IP Australia
- Thai IPIC
- SIPO of PRC
- JPO English
One of the nice features of GetIPDL is that there are many options and preferences available, including type and amount of information downloaded, format (PDF, TIFF, or text) and download directory.
Overall, GetIPDL is an interesting tool to check out if you need a patent downloading solution. It doesn’t quite compare to poxoq, since it can’t bulk download for free. It doesn’t compare to a commercial solution with a greater range of documents or a hosted collection of documents to ensure functionality. GetIPDL, does however, offer something above and beyond website downloading solutions, and for that reason it might fit your needs.
What do you think of GetIPDL? What are your needs when it comes to downloading patents? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below!
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 searches, trademark searches, technical translations, and information retrieval services.