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Comprehensive Coverage Table
The following coverage dates were obtained from the system's user guide materials and represent the reported start dates for each collection. Please note that gaps in coverage may exist in any collection due to a number of factors including missing documents, scanning errors, Optical Character Recognition (OCR) errors, and failure of national and regional patent offices to report data. No data source can be considered 100% complete, and searchers should consult as many unique data sources as possible.
|Code||Document Types||Dates of Coverage||Comments|
|United States (US)||Published Applications (AppFT)||From May 15, 2001||Typical coverage for a search site. Full text coverage is searched.|
|Granted Patents (PatFT)||From 1976|
|European Patent Office (EP)||Published Applications||From last 24 months||Coverage includes only the Level I "EP database" available on esp@cenet, not the worldwide collection. Bibliographic data (including titles, but not abstracts) is typically available in English. A PDF version of the original document is included when available.|
|Patent Cooperation Treaty (WO/PCT)||PCT Publications||From 1978||Full text coverage is searched.|
|Japan (JP)||Patent Abstracts of Japan||From 1976||Patent Abstracts of Japan provide bibliographic data and abstracts in English.|
|Singapore (SG)||Publication Applications, Granted Patents
Bibliographic data only
|From 1937||Bibliographic data is typically available in English. The specification, abstract, drawings, and legal status are included where available.|
|China (CN)||Patent Documents||From 1985||Bibliographic data, titles and abstracts are provided in English. Machine translations for the claims and description may be available.|
|Canada (CA)||Granted Patents; Bibliographic||Pre-August 15, 1978||Contains bibliographic data, text of titles only, and image data.|
|Full Text||From August 15, 1978||Contains bibliographic data, titles, abstracts, claims and image data|
|Thailand (TH)||Patent Bibliographic Data||From 1985||Bibliographic data, titles and abstracts are available, but only sporadically in English. Thai is the typical language of publication|
|United Kingdom (GB)||Granted Patents||From June 2002||Bibliographic data (titles only) is typically available in English. A PDF version of the original document is included when available.|
|Patent Applications||From January 04, 1979|
|Republic of Korea (KR)||Korean Patent Abstracts||From 1979||The Korean Patent Abstracts are in English. Bibliographic data and full-text are available in Korean.|
|Taiwan (TW)||Published Applications||May 01, 2003 – January 16, 2008||Granted Inventions for the period between January 1993 and December 1997, the English abstracts are available only for domestic invention patents and foreign invention patents without priority claim.|
|Utility Models||January 01, 1998 – February 01, 2008|
|Granted Patents (bibliographic data)||January 01, 1993 – February 01, 2008|
|Published Applications||May 01, 2003 – July 01, 2008|
|Granted Patents & Utility Models (Images)||January 01, 1990 – July 01, 2008|
- Surf IP does not show citations in their interface.
- Surf IP does not display the legal status of patent documents through their interface.
- Family data is not used by Surf IP.
- Images are not displayed through the Surf IP interface. If available, images may be viewed through the website of the authority that published the patent document.
When searching the Thailand Intellectual Property Information Center (TIPIC) database, the search engine consistently returned a “network too busy” error. According to technical support, this problem is being worked on. The Thailand database might be better searched using the search engine described in the Other Features section.