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Major Recent Updates

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February 2015

According to PatBase User News, the following updates were added to the system in February 2015:[1]

  • New Litigation option in Legal Status view
    • PatBase & Express users can now view Litigation information for US publication by clicking on the Litigation icon (a gavel) at top of the Legal status window to view a litigation summary table for US patents in the family. An external link is also provided to RPX’s searchable patent litigation database.
  • Coverage Enhancements
    • Additional Colombian (CO) back file full text from 1995 and ongoing updates
    • Japanese (JP) B documents backfile from 2012 to 1994
    • French (FR) B documents full text backfile and ongoing updates
    • Israel (IL) - full text and additional bibliographic data from 1975, and a new data feed has been made possible with the help of the Israeli Patent Office and WIPO
    • A new faster feed has speeded up addition of UK (GB) patents
    • A new faster feed for Chinese (CN) patents, utility models and designs means they are now available on or as close to the day of publication as possible
    • Chinese PDFs available day of publication and full PDFs can be downloaded instantly by all users with 'save complete PDF' option.
    • New Russian (RU) Register links have been enabled from the family table or legal status view  
  • Country Mode in PatBase Express - limit search and display to a specific country
    • PatBase Express users can limit their searches to a specific country by selecting from a country list before carrying out a search. Default is set to worldwide but users can restrict their search to any one country - only patents from that country will be retrieved and displayed meaning it is effectively like searching a subset of the PatBase database.
  • "Add to folder" from within folder view
    • Add a record into another saved/new folder from within a folder. Click on the yellow folder icon at top right of the folder view.

Oct 2014

According to PatBase User News, the following updates were added to the system in October 2014:[1]

  • Corporate Tree in PatBase & PatBase Express - Providing a way to identify subsidiaries and other affiliations of a chosen corporation, in order to include all related companies in a single assignee search. Data for the Corporate Tree is derived from a corporate relationship database compiled and maintained by Minesoft & RWS Group.
  • Specify sort order of publications in Claims & Descriptions view in PatBase Express - Option to sort publications when viewing Claims & Descriptions for a family record - sort by publication date ascending or descending, or sort by country by listing your country preference order e.g. have US publications listed first, followed by WO, EP etc. The sort order will be applied to all families and saved until it is next changed.
  • Litigation option in Legal Status view - PatBase & Express users can view Litigation information for US publications. Click on the Litigation icon (a gavel) at the top of the Legal Status window to view the Litigation Summary table for US patents in that family, including an external link to RPX’s searchable patent litigation database.

As per this press release, in October of 2014, PatBase was updated with the Corporate Tree feature. This feature has been added to both PatBase and PatBase Express by Minesoft and RWS Group. The Corporate Tree would offer better patent assignee searching at all user levels.[2]

According to Ann Chapman, Director at Minesoft:[2]
We aim to make searching by company as straightforward and effective as possible in PatBase. Variations in spellings, transliteration across languages and patent filing practices in general all contribute to the challenge patent searchers face when trying to gather a conclusive set of results based on company names. When we first launched PatBase in 2003, we made a Browse Index available from the outset to make it easier for users to look up company names in the index and identify variations.

The new Corporate Tree lookup tool is an enhancement because it offers a fast and simple way of identifying a chosen company's subsidiaries and other affiliations. This allows all related companies to be grouped together in a single search. Search professionals often face problems in identifying complex parent-subsidiary set ups as well as mergers and acquisitions. The Corporate Tree tool will help search professionals in overcoming these problems.[2]

September 2014

The following features are new on PatBase Express as of September 2014:[3]

  • PatBase Analytics - A PatBase analytics software package has been added to PatBase (under More options on the search history page) and PatBase Express (Analytics link at top of search results list) at no extra cost to subscribers which includes:
    • Technology, Assignee, Inventor, Classification and Keyword Concept analyses.
    • Export graphs and visuals or download raw PatBase data.
    • Toggle between chart and data views.
    • View by family or publication and display data for only certain document types.
    • Drill down within graphs.
    • Analysis available directly from search results.
    • Create analytics Dashboards with customizable Widgets.
    • Global and individual settings.
    • Assignee Groupings.
    • Real-time progress indicators show processing progression for large sets
    • Detailed help files, tags/explanations for all graphs and tables, and support from global help desk.
  • New version of PatBase Express - Use on PC, smartphone or tablet, and interface automatically adapts to screen size and orientation. Touchscreen users can swipe through search results and patent drawing carousels. Additional features include:
    • Legal status review functionality.
    • Interface enhancements - fixed toolbar, logoff function, more visible icons, and new color scheme.
    • Available in 7 languages.
    • Corporate Tree (Beta) - Data for corporate tree is derived from corporate relationship database compiled and maintained by Minesoft and RWS Group. The Tree currently covers over 2,300 top-level companies and 23,000 companies in total. The corporate tree will be added to regular PatBase this fall.
    • Upload numbers.
    • Previous searches functions.
    • Delete a private folder.

January 2013

A press release from Minesoft describes the direct links from USGENE BLAST Search Portal to PatBase Express:[4]

Following customer feedback, we are pleased to announce that the USGENE BLAST Search Portal now provides the option to set patent and published application number full-text links to go directly to corresponding PatBase Express records. [...]

To change the default USGENE BLAST Search Portal full-text links to go to PatBase Express, simply visit the "Edit profile" section of the Account tab and select your preferred service. Changing the default setting will update the default full-text links throughout the USGENE BLAST Search Portal, including in any subsequently generated reports in either XLS, DOCX or PDF format.

PatBase announced on Twitter that execution speed improvements have been implemented for the system.

Fall 2012

The following updates to PatBase Express were described in the Autumn 2012 issue of TouchBase:[5]

  • USGene links to PatBase Express - USGENE – the US genetic sequence database produced by Sequencebase – now incorporates links to PatBase Express. Users can now go directly from their search results on USGENE to their PatBase Express accounts – so they can easily continue their search on PatBase Express and combine with other criteria once they have received the relevant hits for their sequence of interest on USGENE.
  • The number of drawings in PatBase currently stands at over 156 million, and now includes representative images for Indian (IN) patent applications, reflecting the interest in Indian national filings.
  • The Spring 2013 schedule for PatBase Training Courses will soon be available here.
  • How will the CPC be integrated into PatBase? - The new classification will be an addition to the main search form, and will also be searchable in the command line via the CPC= command. We will retain ECLA legacy data and provide fully searchable definitions of all classifications to make the transition as easy as possible for PatBase users.
  • Recent enhancements to PatBase coverage include:
    • Taiwan (TW) - Full-text with searchable machine translations for patent applications from 2011 and 2012 (adding to our existing TW full-text collections).
    • Korea (KR) - Searchable machine translations for all full-text. Bibliographic and full-text for B1 and Y1s from 2011 and 2012. The backfile is being loaded. Korean official English abstracts from 2012.
    • China (CN) - Searchable machine translation for all full-text.
    • Japan (JP) - Full-text for Japanese registered utility models, 1994 to 2010.
    • PCT (WO) - Full-text for Chinese, Japanese and Korean PCT applications with searchable machine translations, 1979 to date.
    • Thailand (TH) - We have added TH utility models, 1999 to 201207.
    • Vietnam (VN) - We have added bibliographic data for VN patent applications and utility models, 19980126 to 201207.
    • Hong Kong (HK) - We have also added bibliographic data for Hong Kong patent applications, 2004 to 201207.
  • New features for PatentOrder Web include:
    • Cleaner interface.
    • Option to either download patents directly or to verify the order first, which allows you to see the different publications available and select before ordering.
    • Preview the patent before ordering – view the title, number of pages or preview the PDF before submitting the order.
    • Request a machine translation for Japanese, Chinese and Korean patents.
    • Option to order File Histories or hard-to-find patent documents via Tempus IP.
    • Service will be upgraded automatically for PatentOrder Web clients.

November 2012

The following features are new on PatBase Express as of November 2012:[6]

  • New Excel export format (XLSX) - The brand new XLSX formatted Excel file export contains embedded images and direct links to corresponding PatBase Express records – allowing users to review exported results more fully. The new format also supports sorting and filtering to enable researchers to work more efficiently with the data.
  • PatBase Express now available in Spanish - PatBase Express – the end-user version of PatBase - is now available with a Spanish interface. PatBase Express is already available with English, French, German, Chinese and Japanese interfaces.

September 2012

This system has been updated since our last review. During our next scheduled update, this article will be revised to include a description of the newly added content and features.

Minesoft has released an updated website for PatentOrder, the patent document delivery service which PatBase Express utilizes to deliver copies of original patent documents.[7]

July 2012

The Minesoft website lists a regular schedule of online webinars on the use PatBase and PatBase Express for the remainder of 2012.

The following feature was introduced in early July 2012 for PatBase: "From the 'other format' export option there is now a new formatted Excel (XLSX) file, which also includes links to the records on PatBase Express."[8]

April 2012

When the representative image is selected in the full record view for a patent family on PatBase Express, the user can now view all available images for multiple family members, instead of only the mosaic images for a single representative family member. By clicking the representative image in the full record view, the user opens a new window that displays a menu of all patent family members (with the number of available patent drawings displayed in parentheses beside each document number). The user can then select a family member listed in the horizontal menu to view thumbnails of all available images for that patent document. Select a thumbnail to view a full version of the image.

The new image viewing window on PatBase Express.

March 2012

Features of the March 2012 update for the regular PatBase interface are described in this brochure (PDF), and updates relevant to PatBase Express include:[9]

  • Multi-directional Results Sharing with PatBase, Express and non-users - Search results (from alert results or from a saved folder) can now more easily be shared.
  • Notable coverage enhancements:
    • Brazil (BR) - PatBase now contains Brazilian full-text and searchable machine translations from 2006, with the backfile currently being loaded. Bibliographic data is available from 1972.
    • Philippines (PH) - PH bibliographic data including title and abstract in English for patent applications and utility model applications has now been added to PatBase from 200611 to date. This adds considerable value where there is no official English language abstract available.
    • Australia (AU) - AU bibliographic and full-text data from publication date 200901 to 20110701 has now been added to PatBase. Full-text from 2000 to date should be in place by mid-March, along with bibliographic data from 1979 to date.
    • Malaysia (MY) - Bibliographic data for Malaysia has been added with coverage of patents from 200902.
    • Additional Legal Status coverage from INPADOC - PatBase now incorporates additional INPADOC legal status coverage including Japan, Argentina and Slovakia.
    • Coming soon - PCT Asian Languages Full Text - The PCT Backfile Asian Languages will soon be added to PatBase, providing Full-Text for Chinese, Japanese and Korean applications from 1978 to date.

February 2012

According to a Minesoft press release, PatBase (and PatBase Express) users "will notice an enhanced service from February 2012 thanks to the completion of stage one of a two-stage extensive system upgrade":[10]

Housed in RWS’ new state-of-the art data centre unveiled last year, the additional servers will ensure an accelerated performance when searching and reviewing full text patent documents in PatBase and the end-user interface PatBase Express. Stage 2 of the upgrade will provide for increased data storage.

March 2011

The following updates were added to PatBase Express in March 2011:[11]

  • New interface design with larger fonts and brighter colors.
  • Visual Explorer tool which allows users to obtain an automated visual landscape of a sample of their results set, to identify trends in keywords, applicants and IPCs.
  • Combine a search with previous queries - Combine a search with any previous search queries from the current session, using Boolean operators ‘And’, ‘Or’ and ‘Not’. This new option is available when using the Advanced or Boolean search forms.
  • Non-Latin search form with options to search in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Russian, or Thai.
  • Chinese interface is accessible by clicking on the Chinese flag icon after logging on.
  • View folders from PatBase - The ‘public folders’ link will be available at the top right of the page.

November 2010

A new PatBase interface was added to the family of PatBase products in November 2010. For more details, see the Major Recent Updates section of our PatBase report.

In addition, the company that owns PatBase Express, Minesoft, is now offering weekly training webinars for its products. A schedule of the webinars can be found here.

March 2010

PatBase Express has been updated with the following features:[12]

  • Search Optimiser is a new tool that automatically does statistical analysis for display alongside the search results page. The results can then be used to modify the query.
  • PatBase Express USA is available to all users and limits the data set to US data in single records.

February 2010

Minesoft has announced [13] a partnership to incorporate the Patent iNSIGHT Pro analytics solution from Gridlogics into their PatBase product line. The combination, called "Minesoft iNSIGHT Pro," will be offered in three versions: Desktop, Enterprise, and SaaS ("Software as a Service," a model in which the user pays for an on-demand license for a software-based service[14]). The new product will allow PatBase users to import current or saved search results and conduct various analyses. The exact features of Minesoft iNSIGHT Pro have not yet been specified, but the features of the current iNSIGHT Pro product include custom fields for each record, a patent viewer with multi-word highlighting capabilities, "advanced" searching and sorting options, family information exports, Boolean searching within patent portfolios, a claims tree and comparison viewer, and a classification browser.[15] Gridlogics, as the Indian distributor for the PatBase product[16], has had an ongoing relationship with Minesoft. For more information, please see Patent iNSIGHT Pro's press release.

October 2009

In October 2009, PatBase received several significant updates:

  • An additional version of PatBase Express has been launched, called PatBase Express USA. This interface searches only US patent documents in single records, making it easier to restrict searches to a given document type (applications vs. grants). It was created by PatBase upon popular request from users.
  • A citation tree feature has been added to the system, and is accessible via a link at the top right hand corner of the record view. Clicking on a patent number displayed in the tree will call up basic bibliographic details of the patent, and additional options will be provided, such as the option to add the document to a list of saved results, or to display the patent family for the document.
  • An auto-suggest feature has been added to the Names search field in the Basic Search interface. The feature will allow users to see PatBase index entries when typing an entry to the field.

An official summary of the new features may be found on the PatBase website here.

March 2009

In March 2009, a "Snapshot" feature was introduced to the product. This feature allows users to visualize the contents of results sets broken down by assignee, classification, publication country and publication date. An official summary of the new features may be found on the PatBase website here.

February 2008

In February 2008, PatBase Express added a variety of features.[17] The first enhancement is a multi-language interface in English, German, or French. As of July 2008, Japanese is also available in the interface. The Help files are available in all four languages.

The addition of Japanese character searching is anticipated in the near future.


  1. 1.0 1.1 "PatBase user news." PatBase website, Accessed December 17, 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Corporate Tree Tool." Minesoft Website, Accessed November 20, 2014.
  3. "What's New?" PatBase website, Accessed September 25, 2014.
  4. "NEW: Direct links from USGENE BLAST Search Portal to PatBase Express." Minesoft website, (PDF). Accessed January 30, 2013.
  5. "TouchBase - Issue 9, Autumn 2012." Minesoft website, Accessed December 4, 2012.
  6. "What’s New In PatBase: November 2012." PatBase website, Accessed November 8, 2012.
  7. "Minesoft offers a comprehensive 7-day free trial of PatentOrder – supplying global corporations with patent copies on demand." Minesoft website, Accessed September 24, 2012.
  8. "PatBase User News." PatBase website, Accessed August 16, 2012.
  9. "PatBase Enhancements March 2012." PatBase website, Accessed March 12,2012.
  10. "Minesoft and RWS Group announce a successful major system upgrade to PatBase to meet surging demand." Minesoft website, Accessed May 8, 2012.
  11. "What’s New in PatBase Express: March 2011.” PatBase website, Accessed February 1, 2012.
  12. "PatBase Express Enhancements (March 2010)." PatBase website, Accessed June 28, 2010.
  13. Minesoft partners with Gridlogics to launch an integrated IP analytics platform "Minesoft iNSIGHT Pro." PIUG website, Accessed February 19, 2010.
  14. "Software as a service," Accessed February 19, 2010.
  15. "Patent iNSIGHT Pro Features List." Patent iNSIGHT Pro website, Accessed February 19, 2010.
  16. "Gridlogics in India signs agreement to distribute Minesoft’s patent products." Minesoft press release, November 24, 2008.
  17. "PatBase Express Enhancements from February 01, 2008." PatBase Express website, Accessed July 24, 2008.
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