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Latipat is a search system running on the old espacenet platform that searches "the information of patents in Spanish and Portuguese." A list of general coverage for Latipat can be found here, and countries covered by Latipat include Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Spain, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Dominican Republic, Uruguay, and Venezuela. Users can view the site in Spanish, English, or Portuguese, and WORLDLINGO allows translation of patent summaries from Spanish to English. Through WORLDLINGO, patent abstracts in English can be translated to "Spanish, French, Italian, or German."
Users can search Latipat through the following search forms:
- Quick Search - Users can search the Latipat database or the worldwide database for search terms within the "title or abstract," "persons or organizations," or "words in the full text of descriptions and claims" (Latipat only).
- Advanced Search - Users can search the Latipat database or the worldwide database within multiple fields through predesignated search forms. For Latipat, available fields include "Keyword(s) in title or abstract," "Keyword(s) in full text," "Publication number," "Application number," "Priority number," "Publication date," "Applicant(s)," "Inventor(s)," and "International Patent Classification (IPC)." Worldwide database can't be searched by "Keyword(s) in full text," but it does include a field for search by ECLA classification.
- Number Search - Users can search the Latipat database or the worldwide database by "application, publication or priority number with or without country code prefix, or NPL reference number."
- SmartSearch - Users can access the SmartSearch form on the homepage of the site, and this search form automatically identifies the fields of the search terms. According to Latipat, "Country is identified by a code of 2 letters (MX, AR, ES...); publication date allows several formats (aaaa, aaaamm, aaaammdd); first letter of the Inventor /Applicant in uppercase."
A list of all default operators used within and between fields is available in the Help section. A list of truncation operators is available in the Help files, too. Finally, the Help files contain a useful list of limitations for the search system.
In the display of results, users can view an extended list of 15 results per page or a compact list of 30 results per page. Users can temporarily add patents to the "my patents list" by selecting the checkbox beside the relevant search result. Users can also print or export each results page.
When viewing results in Latipat, the user can view each section (Bibliographic data, Description, Claims, Mosaics, Original document, INPADOC legal status) through the separate tabs in the record display. If the section is not available, the tab is unselectable and gray. In full record view, users can add the document to the "my patents list," print the current section, or go directly to the next or previous full record in the results list. Users can also view other document from the same "Latipat family" (same priority documents) through the Bibliographic data tab, and they can download a PDF of the full document, when available, under the Original document tab.
Major Recent Updates
October 2011 - Latipat was recently updated to reflect the 2011 Espacenet upgrade. A recent announcement (translated from Spanish to English using Google Translate) describes the changes to the system:
- Eptos New Version 9.1, which brings a new look to the website.
- Save search queries. This function must be activated.
- Export the list of search results obtained in a CSV or XLS format.
- Export the cover of documents.
- ↑ "Latipat - esp@cenet." Latipat website, http://lp.espacenet.com/?locale=en_LP. Accessed May 5, 2011.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 "esp@cent news." Latipat website, http://v3.espacenet.com/news?locale=en_LP&type=maintenance. Accessed May 5, 2011.
- ↑ "Quick Search." Latipat website, http://lp.espacenet.com/quickSearch?locale=en_LP. Accessed May 5, 2011.
- ↑ "Advanced Search." Latipat website, http://lp.espacenet.com/advancedSearch?locale=en_LP. Accessed May 5, 2011.
- ↑ "Number Search." Latipat website, http://lp.espacenet.com/numberSearch?locale=en_LP. Accessed May 5, 2011.
- ↑ "Explanation." Latipat website, http://lp.espacenet.com/?locale=en_LP&view=explanation. Accessed May 10, 2011.
- ↑ "NUEVA VERSIÓN EPTOS 9.1 EN LATIPAT." FlashAndMaintenance RSS feed, accessed through Google Reader. Accessed October 14, 2011.