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.

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Svalbard’s Tale (Norway or No-Way)

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Svalbard (of Svalbard and Jan Mayen fame) is an arctic archipelago portion of the Kingdom of Norway and home to around 2,500 miners, tourism workers, and researchers. Svalbard is also the home of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, an ambitious project to store a massive amount of seeds as a genetic backup plan precluding plant mass extinctions.

Below you’ll find a taste of Norway and Svalbard in the patent world.
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