While we in the Western world were preparing for the winter holiday season, the folks at the EPO were preparing a big treat for us. The latest updates to the European Patent Register went live in December, and they’re pretty exciting. They include RSS feeds for searches or case monitoring, PDF downloading options, and even CSV/XLS exports. Click “Read more…” for a complete list and analysis!
I admit that the title of this post is a bit optimistic, given that I am far from a patent legal status expert myself, even after years of wading through the topic! But I do have a secret weapon that often saves me from appearing totally clueless – the European Patent Office (EPO)’s Statistics, Coverage and Codes documentation pages.
In this post I’ll discuss a small fraction of the useful content available on the “Useful tables and statistics, codes and coverage” pages on www.epo.org. These pages offer in-depth documentation of common patent bibliographic sources that are probably used by your commercial search provider. Read on to learn how these pages can save your bacon someday.
- TotalPatent has added both additional coverage (such as full text of Taiwan patent data including English machine translation) and improved PDF retrieval options.
- Users can now view an download PDF images from the USPTO Full Text and Image Database.
- The patent collections of Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have been added to WIPO’s free PATENTSCOPE search system.
Professional patent searchers need to stay up-to-date on the coverage and new features of both free and subscription patent databases, so continue reading to learn about these important updates to three popular search systems.
The European Patent Office regularly updates its products, such as the patent search system Espacenet and the European Patent Register, with innovative new features and links. The European Patent Register provides procedural and legal data on EP, Euro-PCT and PCT-filings, and within the past year we’ve seen useful updates (such as links to the Belgian, Finnish and Norwegian Patent Registers) added to the system. This month, the EPO released a new set of improvements for the European Patent Register, including:
- An RSS feed that lists the latest EP Register Maintenance news.
- Additional information about “Appeal following Opposition.”
- The option to sort contents in the “Event History” view by date.
Continue reading to learn about these and many other updates recently added to the European Patent Register and the Register Alert system, and also get the latest news about plans to create a Federated Regsiter, which will display the latest official data supplied by the national patent authorities for a selected file in a consolidated table!
This post is a continuation of my investigation into the African regional patenting authorities – see Part 1 of the series for my post on the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization, ARIPO. This time, with the aid of excellent Afro-IP blog, which covers intellectual property issues in Africa, and from the oft-referenced Information Sources in Patents (3rd edition, 2012) by Stephen Adams, I’m delving into the regional African patenting authority OAPI, and this mysterious collection has left me with many unanswered questions! Read on for my investigation of OAPI coverage in both free and paid search tools.
I was surprised to find that we have never yet tackled the fascinating subject of African regional patenting authorities on the Intellogist blog. This is probably because I knew that any post I put together on the subject would have to crib heavily from the excellent Afro-IP blog, which covers intellectual property issues in Africa, and from authorities such as the oft-referenced Information Sources in Patents (3rd ed., 2012) by Stephen Adams. So to avoid blatant plagiarism, in true Intellogist fashion let’s turn this post from book report into search tool review! Read on to learn about my fruitful investigation of the African regional authority ARIPO, in both free and paid patent search tools.
USPTO’s PAIR provides invaluable status information for US patent documents, but accessing this information can be tedious and frustrating due to PAIR’s inconvenient user interface. Users must continually enter reCAPTCHA data to access the search form, very limited search options are available through the search form, and the portal will time out on you after a few minutes of inactivity. Wouldn’t it be nice to find an alternative to PAIR for searching US patent status data?
Now there is an alternative, at least for US patent reexamination records. Patent Savant, a web portal created by Patent Savant LLC, allows users to access patent reexam data for free through a much more user-friendly interface than PAIR, and subscribing users can access broader search options, alerts, and annotation tools.
After the jump, learn how to search US patent reexam data for free on Patent Savant!
The Latest Patent Search News: Japanese Patent Translations on Espacenet, Free Sneakpeaks on DeepDyve, and TotalPatent Export Updates
The world of patent search tools moves at a lightening-quick pace, and professional patent searchers need to stay updated on the latest changes to both free and subscription patent and non-patent literature databases. So without further ado, here is a quick round-up of major updates to three popular search tools:
- English-Japanese automatic machine translation is now available on Espacenet.
- TotalPatent has greatly improved its export capabilities.
- The article rental portal DeepDyve now offers 5-minute free previews of articles.
Curious? Then continue reading to learn more about these important patent search tool updates!
The annual Patent Information Users Group (PIUG) 2013 conference took place in late April in Alexandria, VA, and I hope you were following @Intellogist for all the up-to-the-minute details! One of the most fun things about this conference is seeing demonstrations of new product features. I made a point of stopping at the ProQuest Dialog booth to check in on the product, and was excited to find that this long-anticipated system is nearing completion.
ProQuest Dialog is important because it finally provides access to many valuable data files that were previously only accessible via dinosaur legacy Dialog products. It’s also exciting because it retains a transactional billing model, while allowing searchers to see record previews before actually buying access to the record. Read more to find out how this product will support your prior art search needs.
Free patent search tools like Espacenet and PATENTSCOPE are an excellent resource for both casual and professional patent searchers who want to quickly locate data on a specific patent document or scope out more detailed citation, legal status, and family data for both US and non-US patent documents. Recently, both Espacenet (created by the EPO) and PATENTSCOPE (created by WIPO) released some useful new updates: direct links to the Common Citation Document (CCD) viewer are now accessible from INPADOC family lists on Espacenet, and a new collection of US patent documents has been added to PATENTSCOPE.
After the jump, learn about the new citation viewing features for INPADOC families on Espacenet, and find out the coverage of PATENTSCOPE’s new US collection!