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Patent Grabber is a for-pay stand-alone application for Windows or Mac OS that allows users to download publicly available patent documents in bulk as well as search US and WO/PCT (Patent Cooperation Treaty) documents via keyword.
Patent Grabber serves primarily as a patent downloading tool that interfaces between the publicly available online patent document repositories of the United States and European Patent Office. Coverage thus mirrors the coverage on the official sites of the USPTO and EPO (US Patents and Applications, EP Patents and Applications, and WO/PCT Applications). Users can choose to download all pages of a patent document, or select certain sections (bibliographic, drawings, specification, claims, and/or correction). Patent Grabber downloads multiple patents in bulk and combines the result into one PDF. INPADOC Legal Status documents can also be downloaded.
Two search forms are available in Patent Grabber: "Quick" and "Advanced." These two modes somewhat mirror the USPTO's "Quick" and "Advanced" options as well as PATENTSCOPE's "Structured" and "Advanced" options.
Patent Grabber has the following to say about the coverage available to search:
- "...issued U.S. patents, Statutory Invention Registrations, published U.S. patent applications and published PCT applications. The USPTO has made full text searching of patents available back to the early 1970’s. Searching of patent titles is available back to 1920. Class/subclass searching is available back to patent X1 (July 31, 1790)."
- "WIPO has made full text searching of PCT applications available back to the beginning of PCT publishing in 1978."
Please note that like the download-capable coverage, Patent Grabber is sourcing this data from the publicly available online repositories posted by the respective patent authorities themselves, and searches are merely parsed via the Patent Grabber software.
Patent Grabber, however, does feature a few enhancements to the interface:
- dropdown menu for field codes
- date interface for easy date entry
- country interface for easy country code entry
The results of each search can be displayed in full text, bibliographic, or patent family views. Search queries can be saved, and search results can be saved in four ways:
- Titles - a tab-delimited list of patent numbers and titles
- Sortable List - a tab-delimited list of bibliographic information
- Abstract Report - an html file that contains the abstract and bibliographic information
- Claim Report - a text file that contains the patent number, publication date, title, assignee, and all claims