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A new service in the Technion Libraries: Patent Search​

Background​

Patent documents are a rich source of information on the latest technological developments in every possible field.

A precise processing and analysis of patent documents may serve as an important source of information on new fields of research and worldwide trends in Research and Development, collaborations between researchers and future Research and Development projects.

According to various studies approximately 70% of the knowledge described in patents is unique, and is neither recorded nor exists in other sources of information.

Patent search may complete any literary review in the fields of science and technology and enrich research activities with unique and important information for researchers, students and staff of the Academic institution.

The information embodied in patents can assist researchers, students and Academic Research Authorities in producing the following information and benefits:​

  • Recognizing Research and Development activities and "hot" trends in the desired field of interest.

  • Early documentation of parallel development of technologies.

  • Saving in Research and Development funds.

  • Recognizing collaborations in research.

  • Prior Art search before the start of a research project.​

Patent search with: PatBase Express​

The Technion Libraries has acquired a professional database named PatBase Express. It is considered to be one of the world's largest and leading databases in its field.

The database includes:​

  • Over 100 million patents from 105 leading patent authorities (including the Israeli patent database in full text).

  • Non Patent Prior Art Literature in the fields of science, engineering and technology.

  • Organizing the patents in families in accordance to the country of registration.

  • Discovering classifications and detecting patents according to their classification.

  • Statistical analysis based on patents for the acknowledgement of inventors, leading companies, target markets and trends.

  • Elaborate information on legal status.

  • Identification and analysis of citations.

  • Creating alerts via RSS to the Technion mail for receiving updates on recently added patents in the designated field of search​.

Professional training for using the database​

​The information specialist in the library will provide general guidance on searching patents as well as orientation to available patents relevant for the specific field of interest.  

In the training the trainee will conduct a patent search and the results will be exported by e-mail through an organized and processed report containing a list of the following patent summaries:

  • The title of the patent.

  • The patent's abstract.

  • Drawings.

  • The owners/assignee of the patent.

  • A link to the full text/ specification of the patent​.

For best search efficiency and wholeness of the results, it is of most importance to have a direct and continuous communication with the researcher.

The following is the required information in order to conduct a search:​

  • The purpose of the search

  • The search subject

  • Relevant keywords to the search subject​

The search will be conducted in several rounds. Each round will be based on the researcher's feedback on the relevancy of the previous round's search results.

Further information that may help the search:​

  • Names of companies relevant to the field of search

  • Names of developers who work in the field of search

  • List of known patents that are relevant to the field of search​

To order a training session or to receive a user name and password for entrance to PatBase​ database please contact the Reference and Instruction department or the information specialist in the field of patents, Tova Tal: tovat@technion.ac.il

Links to free information sources for the beginner user:

A comparison between PatBase and PatBase Express to free patent data bases

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​​Free patent data ba​ses​

PatBase and PatBase Express​​​
Advantages
  • ​​​Available​

  • Intuitive

  • Free

  • ​​​Wide coverage​ (over 100 ​patent authorities)

  • Advanced search tools

  • Various formats of export tools

  • Processing tools

    • Statistical tools

    • Visualization​ tools

  • Help tools for finding key words

​Disadvantages
  • ​​Partial coverage only of ​patent authorities

  • Basic interfaces

    • ​No saving, orginizing or exporting tools

    • No statistical processing tools

    • No option for search in all the relevant fields: claims, full text.

  • ​High cost

  • ​​Since the patent documents are writtent in patent wording (scientific and legal), it requires a professional skill​ in the field of intelectual property in order to perform an educated search and use the proper terms ​for the retrieval of information and its understanding.​​

The conditions for patent approval​

The patent laws usually require that, for an invention to be patentable, it must be: