A Worldwide Patent Coverage Map Update for World IP Day

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Happy World Intellectual Property Day everyone!

To quote WIPO:

World Intellectual Property Day is an opportunity to celebrate the contribution that intellectual property makes to innovation and cultural creation – and the immense good that these two social phenomena bring to the world.

To follow that theme, we’re celebrating IP around the world today, with an update to our Intellogist Interactive Patent Coverage Map.

If you’re unfamiliar with this tool, it’s a neat Flash application that allows you to click on a country to determine coverage for the selected country by known patent search systems which have been evaluated by Intellogist. Search systems are sorted by the type of coverage they offer (e.g., full text, bibliographic, etc.). International patenting authorities are also covered. In this round of revisions, several countries have been updated to reflect new coverage and official IP office sites.

Today we’ll take a look at three national patent office search systems you might not be familiar with. Read on to find some niche prior art resources known to professional patent searchers.

South Africa
The South African Online Patent Search facility (CIPC search) is one way to search bibliographic information within South African patents. The website claims to have full document images for South African patents from 1984 to 2005, but testing was unable to load descriptions or drawings on several documents. An “Advanced Search” option allows you to search in such fields as: Patent Number, Reference Number, Date of Application or Grant, Type of Patent, Patent Status, Title of Invention, IPC Classification, PCT Number, Agent, Applicant/Patentee, and Inventor.

Keyword searching is available via the “Basic Search” form. Unfortunately, the results list is sorted by patent number. This results in de facto date sorting, with no way to re-sort. Since dates cannot be limited while keyword searching, this causes users to advance through many results to get to current documents (since bibliographic data coverage dates back to at least the 1910’s).

results list

The results list in CIPC search cannot be sorted.

That being said, CIPC search is quick and capable of finding bibliographic information.

I’ve had a soft spot for Norway and patents before, covering patents related to Svalbard and Jan Mayen in a previous Intellogist blog post. Patentstyret is the homepage of the Norwegian Industrial Property Office (NIPO). One perk for English native speakers is that NIPO provides an English language version of their page (see link above) that does an even more thorough job than the Google translation.

The NIPO official patent search page does a wonderful job opening up the world of Norwegian patent information. Users can keyword search by field or free text, with many fields available (all the usual bibliographic info plus legal status, divided/separated, SPC number, appeal number, opponent, holder/licensor, licensee/sublicensee and even geographical location!).

Results include Norwegian patent documents and EP patents valid in Norway. Users may need to rely on an external Norwegian translation aide, as keyword searching is not automatically translated.

Results are displayed in a modern and accessible way, with patent drawings, full document information, and PDF images available.

NIPO search

The results interface has full section bookmark browsing capability.

In addition to all of that, NIPO also provides Trademark and Design searching simultaneously with keyword searching. Bravo, NIPO!

The Colombian Superintendent of Industry and Trade search system offers fielded search by date, keyword(s) in title, inventor, patent number, gazette number, certificate number, priority, priority country, IPC, and access contract information. Searching and results are displayed in Spanish, and must be manually translated by the user, should they desire.

result example

Bibliographic information is given.

Representative patent drawings are also sometimes included. A design search is also available from the same Colombian agency.

Hopefully taking a look at these three off-the-beaten-path patent search systems started you thinking about the truly worldwide nature of the IP community. Go out there and spread the word about what a wonderful world it is!

Do you use any of these systems? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

Patent Searches from Landon IP

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.

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