Landon IP Offers Patent Searching Course in Germany for First Time

Landon IP, the developer of Intellogist, will be offering the popular “Art and Science of Patent Searching” course in Germany for the first time ever this Fall, in partnership with Patent Resources Group.  The course will be taught on 27 October to 29 October at the Munich office of Landon IP’s parent company, CPA Global, by two of Landon IP’s patent searching experts – Jonathan Skovholt, Director of Training and Special Projects, and Casey Fowler, Senior Director of IP Search Services, North America and Europe.

This course comprehensively teaches how to conduct a professional patent search.  Designed for patent attorneys and agents, inventors, paralegals, and research managers, the course and its materials will be understood by anyone from the inexperienced to advanced practitioners.  It teaches when, how, where, and why to conduct a search and is appropriate both for those who will conduct the search or those who commission it.  The curriculum reflects the combined expertise of Landon IP, the only company that has been performing searching and preliminary examination of PCT applications for the USPTO since 2005.

This global course is not tied to a particular search engine, database product, or patent information service.  Instead, the instructors teach skills that are applicable across resources, both proprietary and public, and without bias toward the features of a particular search engine.  All attendees will have an opportunity to practice hands-on patent searching alongside the instructors on the final afternoon of class.  Attendees must bring their own wireless-enabled laptops, as well as have their own patent search engine user accounts.

The cost of this three-day course is only €2099 + 19% VAT.  For additional details on the location, hours, and course content and to register, please visit our event page for this course.  Spaces are limited – register soon!

Checking out US Patent Search System ArchPatent (Pro)

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ArchPatent is a US patent search system that features a post-search filtering (“drill down”) interface and has several additional features requiring a user registration. Several aspects of ArchPatent can be unlocked simply by registering for a free account, but further added-value tools can be unlocked by signing up for a paid “ArchPatent Pro” account.

Today we’ll check out some of the features unlocked by signing up for ArchPatent Pro, so read on for more information!

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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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Ready or Not, the Cooperative Patent Classification Has Arrived!

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The patent world is about to get rocked by the upcoming 2013 roll-out of the new Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC), which will replace both the current US patent classification system and the European patent classification system (ECLA).  This rollout is coming so quickly that after January 1st, 2013, the CPC will completely replace ECLA, and all US published applications (also known as PG-Pubs, or A documents) will carry CPC classifications.

The US Patent and Trademark Office held an External User Day Event on July 10th at the US Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, VA.  This event was an opportunity for the USPTO to listen to input and concerns from the patent search community regarding the CPC.  Upon invitation from the USPTO, Landon IP’s Director of Training and Special Projects, Jonathan Skovholt, served on the External User Panel to provide his analysis and comments on the effects of the planned transition.

How will these changes affect you? Read on to learn about the features of the new system, and Jonathan Skovholt’s analysis of its possible effects.

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PATENTSCOPE: Better free patent searching with new system upgrades

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The WIPO PATENTSCOPE team has been very busy in the past month, releasing two big updates. The changes include better search functionality, a friendlier user interface (UI), and a fun analysis feature.

PATENTSCOPE is quickly rivaling Espacenet as a free “international” patent search system, for good reasons. The expanding feature set combined with unique coverage makes PATENTSCOPE a system that patent search professionals need to be aware of.

Today we’ll take a look at the latest improvements to this ever-developing free patent search system.

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Patent Searching Tips: Using Google to narrow it down

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On this special episode of Danny Rooney, Danny tries to do something he has never done before…be serious.

Today, I want to give a quick refresher on how to use two patent search systems together to find results quickly and easily. This information may be entry level for patent search experts, such as those over at our parent company Landon IP, but it’s always good to brush up on the basics.

In our example today, I am going to use Google Patent Search System (Google Patents) in combination with a more in-depth patent search system such as PatBase, Thomson Innovation, or TotalPatent.

Most major stand-alone search engines are great at searching large quantities of patent data, but it is sometimes difficult to quickly and easily find a patent document representative of a particular prior art genre, especially if the art uses plenty of vague terms (think of generic terms like “member,” “mechanism,” or “surface”). Say, for instance, we have a widget that we are going to search for, and only have some simple data like a drawing, some claims and a brief description. If we enter those basic terms into a major patent search system, we could get lucky and something related may show up immediately, but for anything complex, that is often not the case.

Read more to find out how blending Google Patents in to the early stages of our search can save us time and help narrow our results.

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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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