Category Archives: espacenet

Espacenet Enhancements

This morning I discovered several nice enhancements in esp@cenet: 1. Expanded search terms For years the maximum number of search terms you could input in any esp@cenet field was four. This limitation appears to have been lifted. I was able … 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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Austrian esp@cenet Upgrade – New Content and Search Capabilities

According to an announcement on the esp@cenet web site, an upgrade to the Austrian esp@cenet server has added additional content and capabilities. It now contains AT A and B documents and utility models from 1995 forward. Advanced search features now … 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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EPO Survey: esp@cenet Exporting Function

The EPO is conducting a survey on a proposed improvement to esp@cenet scheduled for 2008. Specifically, they’re asking for feedback on the usefulness of exporting data in CSV or XML formats. Currently, the only patent office database (that I’m aware … Continue reading

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Chemical Structure Searching in Free Patent Databases?

The ability to search chemical compounds in public patent databases has always been very limited. Unlike commercial databases such as SciFinder Scholar, public patent databases have not offered tools for searching compounds by structure or formula. Nor do they include … Continue reading

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esp@cenet Survey

The EPO is running an online survey to gather feedback on what users find most and least useful about esp@cenet, and access to free patent information in general. The EPO has an excellent track record of listening to users, so … Continue reading

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