“Have to know” free public patent databases

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“Have to know” free public patent databases

  1. 1. Where to Search Patents“Have to know” free public patent databases Björn Jürgens E-Mail: bjorn.jurgens@gmail.com Twitter: @benlogo © 2011 1
  2. 2. ESPACENET 2
  3. 3. • Multinational Patent Database hosted by the European Patent Office (EPO)• Offers free access to more than 70 million patent documents worldwide from 90 different countries.• URL: http://worldwide.espacenet.com/ 3
  4. 4. Home Screen & Smart Search InterfaceSmart Search: The system attempts to identify the correct field for each given search term, e.g., “Smith” automatically searched in inventor name 4
  5. 5. Quick Search Interface 5
  6. 6. Advanced Search Interface 6
  7. 7. Number Search InterfaceEnter either application, publication or priority number with orwithout country code prefix 7
  8. 8. Classification Search InterfaceSearch for relevant classification by entering keywords, orsearch the description of a classification 8
  9. 9. Result ListExport Patents 9
  10. 10. Bibliographic View 10
  11. 11. Description View, with automatictranslation function (French, German, Italian, Spanish) 11
  12. 12. Full Document (PDF) View 12
  13. 13. Legal Status 13
  14. 14. Query History 14
  15. 15. “My Patents List” (Patent Bookmarks) 15
  16. 16. • PROs: – Largest public patent database available (more than 70 million patent documents) – EP patents searchable in FULLTEXT – Saves Search (Query) History – Enable Patent Export (from result list, limited to 30 docs each export) – INPADOC legal status – “My Patent” List – Patent Family grouping• CONs: – No expert (field) search possible – Search Limitations (max. 10 search terms per field, no left truncation, max. 500 results, etc.) – No Search Query connections possible 16 – No statistical analysis possible
  17. 17. DEPATISNET 17
  18. 18. • Multinational Patent Database hosted by the German Patent and Trademark Office• Offers free access to more than 50 million patent documents from 80 countries• URL: http://depatisnet.dpma.de 18
  19. 19. Home Screen 19
  20. 20. “Beginners Search”Interface 20
  21. 21. Result ListExport Patents 21
  22. 22. Bibliographic View 22
  23. 23. Full Document (PDF) View 23
  24. 24. Expert Search Interface Different Use of Operators than in Espacenet 24
  25. 25. IKOFAX Search Interface 25
  26. 26. Classification Search Interface 26
  27. 27. • PROs: – Powerful Search interfaces – Enable Patent Export (from result list, limited to 50 docs each export) – Full Text searching in German Patents back until 1950• CONs: – No legal status – No statistical analysis possible – No family grouping 27
  28. 28. PATENTSCOPE 28
  29. 29. • Patent Database hosted by the World Intelectual property Organization (WIPO) contains all PCT patents and patents from 17 national offices• 8 million patent documents in total (1,8 million PCT)• URL: http://www.wipo.int/patentscope/ 29
  30. 30. Simple Search InterfaceSelect collections to be searched 30
  31. 31. “FieldCombination” Search 31
  32. 32. Advanced Search Interface 32
  33. 33. Result List with Refining Interface 33
  34. 34. Result List with Statistical Analysis! 34
  35. 35. Bibliographical View 35
  36. 36. Description View with automatictranslation 36
  37. 37. National Status of PCT applications 37
  38. 38. Original Documents related to the PCT application 38
  39. 39. • PROs: – Powerful Search interfaces – Statistics and RSS Feeds – Automatic Translation to multiple languages (via Google Translator) – Additional PCT Documents available (Written Opinions, Int. Search Reports, etc.)• CONs: – Less patents and coverage than ESPACENET or DEPATISNET 39
  40. 40. USPTO 40
  41. 41. • National Patent Database hosted by United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) contains all patents filed in the US• Divided in two Databses: – US Patent Database (PATFT): Granted US Patents in Full- Text from 1976 – US Patent Application Database (APPFT): since March 2001• URL: http://patft.uspto.gov/ 41
  42. 42. USPTO Patent Search Home Screen 42
  43. 43. USPTO “Quick Search”, with2 combinable Search Fields 43
  44. 44. USPTO “Advanced Search” with commandos 44
  45. 45. USPTO Result List 45
  46. 46. USPTO Full Text View 46
  47. 47. USPTO Original Document View 47
  48. 48. • PROs: – Commando Search interface (“Advanced Search”)• CONs: – Poor User Interface – Only US patents (patents filed in the US) – No statistics, no patent export – Original Document View requires Quicktime (no saving possible!) 48
  49. 49. Thank you very much! Contact Details: Björn Jürgens E-Mail: bjorn.jurgens@gmail.com Twitter: @benlogo 49

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