Category Archives: Patent databases

Bird Airbags?

Last year a large wind farm went up on an island near Kingston, Ontario, where I live. The installation consists of 86 turbines scattered around the island, dozens of which are visible from the city’s waterfront. The decision to build … Continue reading

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Patent Database Review

There were a lot of developments in patent information last year. Below are some of the highlights from my favorite public patent databases and related websites. Canadian Patents Database (CIPO) The Canadian Patents Database, which is maintained by the Canadian … Continue reading

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PCT Coverage in Public Patent Databases

How the data in a database or search engine is structured is as important (or more so) as the data itself. I was reminded of this old rule-of-thumb a couple of weeks ago when I decided to compare coverage of … Continue reading

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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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Boliven Withdraws from the Field

According to an e-mail notice sent to members last week, Boliven, a social networking service aimed at inventors, researchers and IP professionals will cease operations today. It was still online as of 5:00pm EST today. (Jan. 22) The service was … Continue reading

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Patent Info News Supplement / EPO Discontinues DVD Products

The EPO is now publishing a supplement with its Patent Information News newsletter that covers data and technical topics formerly covered in the INPADOC Patent News. e.g. Legal status codes, country coverage, etc. The first issue contains a nice overview … Continue reading

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AusPat v1.3 Enhancements

IP Australia has announced the release of AusPat v1.3, the new web-based Australian patent database that replaced the PatSearch system in early 2008. AusPat v1.3 enhancements include (quoting from the release memo): “e-Journal functionality has been incorporated into AusPat with … Continue reading

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Boliven Patent Goes Commercial

Boliven Patents is now a “professional-grade” fee-based service, according to an e-mail sent yesterday to current members of the Boliven Network. The service was launched in January as a free beta patent search engine with integrated analytical tools, search alerts … Continue reading

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New Website Compares Patent Search Systems

Landon IP, a private firm specializing in patent and trademark searches and patent analytics, has launched Intellogist, a free website that aims to help patent searchers locate sources of patent information, evaluate public and commercial patent search systems and exchange … Continue reading

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New Patent Databse from Boliven

Boliven, a New York-based company, has launched a free patent database called Boliven Patents Beta. The database contains data and images for US patents from 1976 to present, EP documents from 1978 forward, WO applications from 1989 forward and JP … Continue reading

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