Report:QPAT/Data Coverage/Patent Coverage/Full Text Coverage/Japan (JP)
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QPAT obtains bibliographic data, drawings, and full text data for Japan’s patent documents from the Japan Patent Office. The English text is generated by machine translation. Original-language Japanese data is not present electronically, but it can be viewed by ordering the original Japanese patent PDF. In other words, the collection only contains English machine-generated text and may only be searched by English keyword.
This collection extends from 2004 to the present, and Questel states that the time delay from when new documents are published to when they appear in the database is as short as 1 week. From May 2009 onward, assignee names for this collection will be hand translated into English. 
These full text files do not contain updated classification data; even the FI and F-term classes are only those that are originally assigned to the documents. Since both IPC and Japanese FI and F-Term classifications are commonly revised and updated, a search by classification in these files will not query the most recently updated classification data available for these patents. Only the bibliographic FamPat and PlusPat files contain updated classification data.
Questel representatives have stated that, thanks to the company's exclusive relationship with the PATOLIS corp, they are able to provide Japanese FI and F-term classifications in their FamPat and PlusPat files back to 1973.  This relationship persists even though PATOLIS entered the Japanese version of Chapter 11 bankruptcy in July of 2009.
- ↑ "Full-Text Coverage and Update." http://www.questel.com/customersupport/Coverage_and_Updates_FullText.htm. Accessed on July 30, 2009.
- ↑ "Summer e-communique: Focus on Asia." Questel website, http://www.questel.com/emailing/ecommunique_summer2009.htm. Accessed on June 23, 2009.
- ↑ "Focus on Asia." Questel website, http://www.questel.fr/emailing/emailing_200907_Focus_on_Asia.htm. Accessed on July 30, 2009.
- ↑ E-mail correspondence from Questel representative, received June 18, 2009.
- ↑ Garat, Renaud. "PATOLIS-E ACCESS." Post on PIUG wiki, http://wiki.piug.org/display/PIUG/2009/07/24/PATOLIS-E+ACCESS. Accessed July 30, 2009.