[tweetmeme source=”Intellogist” only_single=false] One of my favorite patent search blogs is (perfectly) titled The Patent Search Blog: Steve van Dulken’s blog on patents and IP. The blog includes useful insights about various patent search systems, commentary on interesting and humorous patent documents, and reports on important statistics, events, and topics in the intellectual property field. Steve van Dulken has been working for the British Library since 1974, and his blog prominently links to the Business & IP Centre section of the British Library website. The Business & IP Centre features detailed lists of databases and publications on business information, IP information, and industry guides that may be useful to patent searchers in identifying new prior art resources. The site also includes a calender of interesting workshops and events (as well as videos of past events, for users who can’t attend live presentations in London).
Read on as we take a quick tour of the databases, publications, and workshops listed on the Business & IP Centre website!
Databases and Publications
- Business Information: Subcategories under this section include “General advice and funding sources,” “Market Research,” “Company data,” and “Business news.” Different resource types include electronic databases, business and IP collections available through the British Library, the Management and Business Studies Portal, ‘Essentials – What you need to know to run a business and where to find it‘ (PDF), Market research in UK public libraries, and SCoRe -The national UK catalogue of printed company reports.
- IP Information: This section includes links to basic guides on patents, trademarks, copyright and registered design, a list of electronic IP databases, information on the British Library patent and trade mark collection, an option to search the British Library catalog, the guide ‘Inventing – What you need to know to protect and commercialise your ideas’ (PDF), and links to additional IP help resources (one-to-one advice, training workshops, a link to the IPO website, and partner organizations that specialize in IP).
- Free Industry Guides: The industrial guides highlight databases, publications, and websites relavent to specific industries, ranging from Alcoholic Drinks to Packaging. Currently, 30 industry guides are available in PDF format.
- Help Finding What You Need: This category provides contact information for the Centre, links to online resources (Frequently asked questions, industry guides, ‘Essentials – what you need to know to run a business and where to find it’ (PDF), Inventing guide: what you need to know to protect and commercialise your ideas (PDF), How to find market research (PDF)), training and advice sessions, and a research service.
- Business Essentials Wiki: This wiki includes information on industries, running a business, advice and training, and networking.
Workshops and Events
Users who live in or near London may enjoy attending a BIC workshop, with topics ranging from digital marketing to “introducing patents searching.” The full calender of upcoming events, including the date, time, event title, presenter, cost, and option to sign up, is available on the BIC website. Events range in price from free to £45 or more. Free videos of past Inspiring Entrepreneurs events are also available.
Other Resources Available through the British Library
This post just scrapes the surface of the numerous resources available at the British Library for all types of patrons from across the globe, ranging from entrepreneurs and IP professionals to scientists, teachers, and journalists. Through the main website, users can search the catalogs, collections, and services provided by the British Library. The British Library is the national library of the UK, and it seems to have the same breadth of resources as the Library of Congress for the USA. Professional patent searchers should always utilize on-site visits during prior art searches, and Landon IP searchers can search on-site at both the Library of Congress and the British Library thanks to our locations across the globe.
Have you utilized the British Library website or on-site during a prior art search? Let us know in the comments!
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.