Report:PatBase Express/Data Coverage/Patent Coverage/Full Text Coverage/Machine Translated Abstracts
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Machine Translated Abstracts and Full-Text
In addition to its full text collection, PatBase, and by extension PatBase Express, also contains English language machine translated (MT) abstracts for certain family records with no English-language family members. Publications from at least the following countries may have a machine translated abstract available in PatBase and PatBase Express:
- Argentina (exact document kinds with MT abstracts not specified)
- Brazil (exact document kinds with MT abstracts not specified)
- China (applications and utility models – may sometimes include a machine-translated claim)
- European (applications)
- France (applications)
- Germany (applications and utility models)
- Italy (exact document kinds with MT abstracts not specified)
- Japan (applications and utility models)
- Korea (unexamined applications and utility models)
- Mexico (exact document kinds with MT abstracts not specified)
- Spain (exact document kinds with MT abstracts not specified)
- Taiwan (applications and utility models – may sometimes include a machine-translated claim)
These machine translated abstracts will remain in the database until an official English translation or English-language family member has been published for the record.
PatBase has continued to expand its machine-translation collection. In 2007, there were about 600,000 machine translated English abstracts in the database. This included newly published DE-A, DE-U, FR-A, EP-A, and JP-A documents that do not have English-language family members. Machine translated abstracts were also periodically created for some Argentinean (AR), Mexican (MX) and Brazilian (BR) patent records. In a 2008 update, it was announced that many more original language abstracts, along with their English machine translations, have been added to bibliographic records in PatBase. A 2008 newsletter stated that thousands of original language abstracts in Swedish, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, and Chinese were added to the database, and English machine translations were added (for all but the Swedish records). Also since the 2008 update, Korean abstracts will appear in the database as quickly as 2 weeks after initial publication, with a machine-translated English abstract. It is difficult to identify an exact number for the amount of machine translated English abstracts currently in the database, since the machine translation of the title and abstract is removed from a family record when an English equivalent becomes available.
As of October 2011, full-text, searchable machine translations are available for the following document types:
- Chinese patent applications, utility model applications, and utility models.
- German patent applications from January 1993 to present, and the backfile is currently being loaded.
- Japanese patent applications from January 1998 to present, with some available from 1992 onwards.
- Taiwanese patent applications from January 1, 2009 to December 16, 2010.
- Machine translations of full-text French patent documents have also been added to PatBase in October 2011, although the exact document type wasn't specified.
Searches can be conducted omitting this machine translation data in regular PatBase, using the phrase “NOT machine*translation” at the end of a command-line query. It is unclear whether this command functions in the Basic, Advanced, and Boolean search forms of PatBase Express, although test searches indicate that it does appear to function in the Basic search form.
- ↑ Personal e-mail correspondence with PatBase representative. Received on June 20, 2007.
- ↑ March 2007 PatBase newsletter, https://www.patbase.com/issue3.pdf. Accessed November 23, 2007.
- ↑ March 2008 PatBase newsletter, https://www.patbase.com/issue4.pdf. Accessed April 15, 2008.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Personal e-mail correspondence with PatBase representative. Received on November 4, 2011.
- ↑ "Patbase Full text Coverage at Update 2011 Week 43.” PatBase website (restricted), http://www.patbase.com/wnewinfo.asp?i=155&cc=fulltext. Accessed November 1, 2011.
- ↑ "PatBase user news." PatBase website (restricted), http://www.patbase.com/wnewinfo.asp?i=173. Accessed November 1, 2011.