Database Update Round-up – GBD, SciFinder, and Google Patents

[tweetmeme source=”Intellogist” only_single=false] Within the past month, we’ve looked at updates to major patent and non-patent literature databases, including big changes to TotalPatent in March and lots of new coverage and search options on STN (all described in the full update to the STN System Report).  Patent, trademark, and non-patent literature databases are all being updated continuously with new search features and coverage, so let’s take a quick look at a potpourri of  database update announcements.

After the jump, learn about the latest updates to the Global Brand Database, SciFinder, and Google Patents!

Global Brand Database

Last April, the WIPO Global Brand Database (GBD) was profiled on the Intellogist Blog. The Global Brand Database is a free database released by the World Intellectual Property (WIPO) in March 2011 as part of the WIPO Gold intellectual property search system. The database contains more than 67,ooo international trademarks, more than 2,800 WO Emblems, and more than 900 WO Appellations of Origin.  A press release from WIPO recently announced that the GBD now also includes collections of trademarks from the following three intellectual property offices:

  • Algeria (DZTM) – more than 10,000 marks.
  • Canada (CATM) – more than 1,24o, 000 marks.
  • Morocco (MATM) – more than 100,000 marks.

On the GBD homepage, you can filter results by collection by selecting one or more collections under the “Source” tab in the “Filter By” table and selecting the “Filter+” button.

Filter by the three new collections on the Global Brand Database.


We recently looked at updates to SciFinder, a search system produced by CAS that includes chemistry-related patent and non-patent literature,  and more SciFinder updates were just released for April 2012!  According to the CAS website, these features were added to SciFinder:

  • Property Search – SciFinder now enables users to search substances by individual experimental or predicted property. Researchers can target substances with a particular property value or range of values in the CAS REGISTRY.
  • Convert CAS Registry Number to Structure – As an alternative to drawing a structure, a CAS Registry Number is entered by using the Add to Editor function. The editor displays the associated chemical structure, which can then be used or easily modified for a structure, reaction, or Markush search.
  • Preview Substance and Reference Answer Sets with Quick View – From multiple locations in SciFinder, users can preview additional details about a substance or reference through use of Quick View. Quick View is presented as a pop-up screen, enabling the user to remain in their current view.
    • Substance Quick View – Hover over an individual compound in a substance answer set and click the magnifying glass icon to see a substance Quick View, which contains additional information such as synonyms, molecular formula, and source of registration. Quick View is interactive. Click on the CAS Registry Number link to go directly to a Substance Detail page.
    • Reference Quick View – In a reference answer set, Quick View includes the full abstract, bibliographic information, ACS journal Table of Contents graphics, abstract graphics, and structure images for up to the first 50 indexed substances. Within a reference Quick View click the reference title to go directly to the Reference Detail page.
    • Quick View is available in other locations such as the Citations and indexed Substances sections of Reference Detail.

See the announcement on the CAS website for multiple screenshots from the latest SciFinder update.

Google Patents

A post on the Google Official Blog announced that the old Patent Search Homepage for Google Patents is being redirected to  The post describes the reasons for redirecting the Google Patents homepage, and it announces a few additional improvement to Google Patents:

Over the past few months, we’ve been making updates and improvements to the Patent Search functionality on—not only are you able to search the same set of U.S. patents with the same advanced search options, the new experience loads twice as fast as the old Patent Search homepage, contributes to a unified search experience across Google, and sports Google Doodles as well.

The post also mentions some planned improvements to Google Patents: “The team looks forward to including patents from other countries soon, and will be rolling out additional features to Patent Search on in the future.”

That’s it for today’s round-up of database updates, but let us know in the comments about any other exciting updates that you know about for patent, trademark, and non-patent literature search systems!

Patent Searches from Landon IP

This post was contributed by Joelle Mornini. 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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