Category Archives: EPO

One Classification to Rule Them All?

The USPTO and EPO have agreed to create a┬ánew Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) based on the IPC. You can read the press releases here and here. The new system will be based largely on ECLA, the European version of the … Continue reading

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New Esp@cenet Improvements

It’s October… the time of year when patent searchers wait and watch for news from esp@cenet. The EPO rolled out its latest esp@cenet improvements this week. The most impressive is a beta search function called SmartSearch. SmartSearch allows the user … Continue reading

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2008 World Patent Report

The WIPO recently released its 2008 World Patent Report, which contains all kinds of interesting statistics on patent activity worldwide. In 2006, a stunning 1.76 million new applications were filed worldwide, driven largely by filings in China, Korea and the … Continue reading

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Esp@cenet Improvements in 2008

The latest edition (1/2008) of Patent Information News, the European Patent Office’s quarterly newsletter on patent information, documentation and searching, is now available. Page 10 includes a list of esp@cenet improvements planned for 2008. They are: 1. Increase in the … Continue reading

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Chinese Patent Databases, EPC 2000, etc.

The December issue of Patent Information News has several interesting and useful articles on free patent databases from China; the impact of the European Patent Convention (EPC 2000) on patent information searchers; and patent information from Asia.

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