Report:MicroPatent PatentWeb/Data Coverage/Patent Coverage/Full Text Coverage/United Kingdom (GB)
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The British published applications (GB-A) are available in full English text from June 8, 1916 to date. As of May 2007, 300,000 new pre-1916 bibliographic records are being added to the database.
Text was created using OCR technology, so misinterpreted characters should be expected.
Original abstracts are available from 1999 only for GB patents. Before this date, GB records were published without abstracts. However, most pre-1999 GB records now have an associated abstract due to a project by the UK patent office to manually create abstracts for these documents.
MicroPatent’s data coverage information states that no front-page images are available for this collection, but empirical investigation has proven that there are some (although the discovered images have just been of front-page text, not necessarily representative drawings).
Regarding Bibliographic Coverage in the United Kingdom Collection:
The United Kingdom application collection is said to have full text back to 1916, which would about equal the reported bibliographic coverage from INPADOC. However, testing found that some scattered bibliographic and abstract coverage was also present for the early 1900s and back to the late 1800s as well. Though some documents after 1916 were found to be missing full text records, all the GB documents that were sampled during testing did contain abstracts, due to the project mentioned in the paragraph above.
See the Bibliographic Coverage section of this article for a discussion on how the bibliographic collections stack up to INPADOC.