March PatBase Updates!

[tweetmeme source=”Intellogist” only_single=false] PatBase has been busy in 2012!  We recently posted a review of the top PatBase updates from October 2011, which were included in the fully updated PatBase System Report on Intellogist.  The producers of PatBase, Minesoft and RWS Group, just released another round of PatBase updates for March 2012, and we’ll take a look at a few of those new features: new cross lingual search options, a Patent Drawings viewer, new legal status searching options, enhanced coverage, and more.

We’ve also fully updated the PatBase Express System Report on Intellogist, so read about the newest updates on this easy-to-use version of the PatBase system! After the jump, check out the latest updates to both PatBase and PatBase Express for March 2012.

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Free Minesoft Databases, Part 2: FDA Drug Data on Orangebook

[tweetmeme source=”Intellogist” only_single=false] Last time, we looked at TMQuest, a free US trademark search system created by Minesoft that provides a user-friendly alternative to the USPTO Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS).  Minesoft (the producer of subscription patent search system PatBase) hosts another free search site called Minesoft Orangebook, which is a free interface for searching the FDA’s drug database Orange Book.  On the FDA website, users can search the Orange Book database by active ingredient, proprietary name, patent number, applicant holder, or application number, and results are viewable in a chart format.  The Minesoft interface allows users to search by all the criteria available on the FDA website, and it also allows the user to search by patents expiry/exclusivity expiry date (year only).  The Minesoft interface additionally allows users to view search results in either a chart or graphic format, including bar graphs or pie charts.

The Minesoft search interface for FDA Orange Book data allows users to utilize additional search criteria and more advanced result viewing features than what is currently available on the FDA website.  After the jump, learn about the search and display features of Minesoft Orangebook!

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Free Minesoft Databases, Part 1: US Trademarks on TMQuest

[tweetmeme source=”Intellogist” only_single=false] The Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS) that’s provided through the USPTO website isn’t the most user-friendly  system for trademark searching.  For example, the structured search form on TESS only allows up to two terms to be combined by a boolean operator in a single query, and if the user wants to include more than two terms in the query, they must use the command-line “Free Form” interface to conduct their search.  Help options are available on TESS, but the help materials are mostly available on a separate “TESS Help Menu” page, accessible through a small “Help” option in the menu above the search forms.  A small “quick tips” option and a menu of “US Trademark Field Codes” are available on the “Free Form” interface, but the user must scroll to the bottom of the page or navigate to a separate webpage to view these help materials.

Luckily, there is an alternative.  Minesoft TMQuest is a free searchable trademark database that covers US registered trademarks from 1881 to present, and the site was created by Minesoft, the company that also produces the subscription patent search system PatBase.  TMQuest is an excellent alternative to TESS for preliminary US trademark searches (although professional trademark searches should be utilized if a comprehensive search is needed).  Read on to learn about the useful features of TMQuest that make trademark searching more user-friendly, such as a detailed advanced search menu with help materials integrated into the search form.
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Free Minesoft Databases, Part 2: FDA Drug Data on Orangebook

[tweetmeme source=”Intellogist” only_single=false] Last time, we looked at TMQuest, a free US trademark search system created by Minesoft that provides a user-friendly alternative to the USPTO Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS).  Minesoft (the producer of subscription patent search system PatBase) hosts another free search site called Minesoft Orangebook, which is a free interface for searching the FDA’s drug database Orange Book.  On the FDA website, users can search the Orange Book database by active ingredient, proprietary name, patent number, applicant holder, or application number, and results are viewable in a chart format.  The Minesoft interface allows users to search by all the criteria available on the FDA website, and it also allows the user to search by patents expiry/exclusivity expiry date (year only).  The Minesoft interface additionally allows users to view search results in either a chart or graphic format, including bar graphs or pie charts.

The Minesoft search interface for FDA Orange Book data allows users to utilize additional search criteria and more advanced result viewing features than what is currently available on the FDA website.  After the jump, learn about the search and display features of Minesoft Orangebook!

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The Access to Specialized Patent Information Program

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Boy, the WIPO news keeps coming! This time, WIPO in partnership with LexisNexis, Minesoft, ProQuest, Questel-Orbit, Thomson Reuters and WIPS (a veritable patent search system all-star lineup) has announced the Access to Specialized Patent Information (ASPI) program. What is this patent acronym program backed by more than a half dozen groups you may ask?

ASPI is an initiative to provide free or low cost access to patent search systems and tools to IP offices, universities and research institutes in developing countries. The patent search systems chosen for this program are:

For more info on the program, including eligibility requirements and why this makes sense for the global IP community, read on!
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