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Alexandria, offered by Fairview Research, LLC, is a collection of patent data available on the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2).[1] This data collection was developed without any formal search interface; instead, it is available for purchase and can be used with any number of applications that can import patent records.

Alexandria consists of "a multilingual collection of documents from over 70 patenting authorities available in a single ST36-based XML format created by merging and normalizing data from different sources." The product was created by using the DOCDB family file as a base, associating patent document full text records with their DOCDB bibliographic data, and backfilling additional bibliographic information from other sources. (This is similar to the approach Minesoft used to create the data for its PatBase product.)

The data set's update schedule for DOCDB data is set by the EPO's weekly update schedule. According to Fairview Research representatives, the update schedule is comparable to that of other major commercial patent search providers.


  1. Wian, Diane. "Patents on the Cloud." Posted to PIUG wiki on November 11, 2010, Accessed on November 17, 2010.

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