Patent Search System News Round-up, Winter 2015

The new year has brought a new round of updates from major patent search systems, including subscription databases PatBase, PatBase Express, and Relecura and free tool the Lens (formerly known as Patent Lens).  What’s new on these systems?  Here’s just a quick sample:

  • New design search commands and litigation information on PatBase.
  • Limit search and display to a specific country in PatBase Express.
  • Search history and non-US assignment data in now on Relecura.
  • New analysis and filtering options for genomic patent searches are available on The Lens.

Continue reading to get the full scoop on all the newly added improvements to these systems!
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Patent Search System News Round-up, 2014 Holiday Edition!

The holidays may be right around the corner, but patent database vendors and patent authorities are still busy updating their search systems and websites with interesting new features to improve your user experience and efficiency while utilizing their tools.  Let’s take a quick look at updates from the past three months (since our last round-up in September) to major subscription patent search systems, including PatBase, Orbit, and Thomson Innovation, as well as free patent search tools like Espacenet and the USPTO website.

Learn about the new semantic search form that will be added to Orbit, free Chinese patent file histories available on Espacenet, and a new version of the USPTO website, after the jump!

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Patent Search System News Round-up, September 2014

Do you want to know about the latest updates to major patent search systems? Intellogist has the scoop for the most recent updates to popular subscription patent search platforms, including, Thomson Innovation, PatBase/PatBase Express, and TotalPatent. We also have exciting news about free patent search tools, such as the chemistry patent system SureChEMBL and the US patent litigation search tool RPX Search.

Continue reading for the latest updates on both free and subscription patent search systems, after the jump!

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Major Updates to PatBase and PatBase Express

PatBase is a unique patent search platform created by Minesoft and RWS Group which organizes patent publications under broad family-based records, and PatBase Express is a simplified version of PatBase targeted to novice patent searchers. We last took an indepth look at some of the newest features added to both PatBase and PatBase Express back in November 2012, when a Classification Finder, new folder export option, a new Excel export format, a PatBase Express interface in Spanish, and many other improvements were added to both systems.  Minesoft recently announced a number of new interface and coverage updates that have been added to both platforms, including the option to display Claims or Descriptions for a single publication according to your preferred country, more search and display tools on PatBase Express, translated assignee names for non-Latin families, and broader full-text coverage for Russia, Japan, and Taiwan. 

Continue reading for a quick summary of all the coverage updates and interface improvements on both the PatBase and PatBase Express platforms for Spring 2013!

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How Major Patent Search Systems will Implement the CPC

The full roll out of the Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) is less than a month away, and the classification search options for US and EP patent publications will soon change drastically for prior art searchers.  After January 1, 2013, the CPC will completely replace ECLA, and all US published applications will carry CPC classifications.  The EPO and USPTO released a “CPC launch package” back in October which contained the complete CPC scheme, any finalized CPC definitions, and an ECLA-to-CPC-to-IPC concordance. The USPTO and EPO have been thoroughly preparing for the transition to the CPC, but how are the distributors of major patent search systems preparing for the implementation of the CPC?  From the Major Recent Updates sections of the Intellogist Reports, I’ve compiled a quick guide on how Espacenet,, TotalPatent, Thomson Innovation, PatBase, and Dialog will make the CPC searchable within each of their systems.

Continue reading to learn how each of these major patent search platforms will handle the new Cooperative Patent Classification!
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New Features for Patent Searchers Now Available on PatBase

When we last checked in on PatBase in July 2012, new tools added to the system included a “compare” tool, on-the-fly highlighting in full text, and a new IDS (Information Disclosure Statement) Generator, among other improvements.   Minesoft and RWS group recently announced a new round of updates to the system for November 2012, such as:

  • a Classification Finder.
  • an option to export a selected range of documents in a folder.
  • new export formats (XLSX and Matheo Patent).
  • PatBase Express interface in Spanish.
  • Publish search results from search history.

Continue reading for a full list and screenshots of the enhancements added to the PatBase and PatBase Express portals during the November 2012 update!

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Expand Your Patent Search Query Through Multilingual Translation Tools

[tweetmeme source=”Intellogist” only_single=false] During an initial scope of the available prior art, it can be useful for a patent searcher to expand their query through machine-translation tools to include query terms translated into multiple major languages.  Even if the searcher isn’t fluent in multiple languages, they will still be able to get a general idea of how much prior art is available internationally on a particular technology. When conducting a global prior art search, there’s no replacement for a search conducted by one or more native-language speakers through the patent and non-patent literature in multiple major languages.  Although the following query expansion tools shouldn’t be used as substitutes for a thorough search by multilingual professional searchers, these tools will still be helpful for scoping the availability of international prior art.

The CLIR (Cross-Lingual Information Retrieval) on PATENTSCOPE is the best free option for cross-lingual query expansion, and we’ve briefly looked at this tool in a past Valentine’s Day post.  If users have access to PatBase, they can utilize the new Language Explorer tool (added to the system in March 2012) to expand their query.   The Language Explorer tool is powered by CLIR, so users will get similar query expansion suggestions through both CLIR and Language Explorer.  If users subscribe to Questel’s platform, they can utilize the Multilingual Search Wizard to expand their search with terms in German, French, and English.

After the jump, we’ll take a closer look at each of the multilingual query expansion tools on PATENTSCOPE, PatBase, and!

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New Features for PatBase

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New features in a patent search system can make you feel like a kid in a candy shop. At least that’s the way we feel here at Intellogist! Professional patent searchers are always looking for the latest edge to make them more efficient and better searchers, while at the same time cutting out some of the tedious tasks that derail them from being 100% productive.

Today we’ll check out some of the features added to PatBase in July, which include several shortcuts, automatically generated forms, improved highlighting and even a whole new tool!

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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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Is it possible for software to summarize a patent?

[tweetmeme source=”Intellogist” only_single=false] Patent searchers need to be both thorough and efficient, and sometimes a searcher needs to skim the description and/or claims of a patent document to determine its relevance to the search criteria.  Here’s where we face a problem, though: patent documents can be long.  Very long.  Instead of wading through all 50 claims, there are tools out there that allow a searcher to view a summarized version of the document.  The abstract of a patent is meant to be a summary of the document, but sometimes the abstract fails to include important technical terms or features that are relevant to a prior art search.  Therefore, an extended summary automatically generated from the claims or description may be useful in those circumstance where the abstract doesn’t provide enough information to determine the document’s relevance.

In the newest version of PatBase, a “Summarise” tool can be used to condense the Title/Abstract, Claims, or Description sections of a patent document to 1, 5, 10, 25, or 50% of its original length.  If you don’t have a PatBase subscription, free options are also available. Back in January, 3 Geeks and a Law Blog highlighted 5 Resources for Summarizing Web or Other Content.  Two of these applications, GreatSummary and FreeSummarizer, seem particularly promising for patent summation, since they allow users to cut and paste large blocks of text into a form and choose the number of sentences for the condensed output.

After the jump, we’ll experiment with the PatBase “Summarise” tool and the two free summarizing tools to see which application produces the best patent document summary!

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