The PIUG Partnerships and Patent Offices (PPO) Committee initiated a project in 2017 to create a resource portal available to PIUG members to help them find patent information on online Patent Registers that are not well covered by commercially available resources or that were difficult to navigate. Special thanks to Cynthia Gallagher for volunteering to lead this project.
Our goal was to provide documents with screen shots and translations to help guide a searcher to the information of interest, which could include any of the examples below:
- Is there a copy of the granted patent available? Example search field: Publication Number
- Was an equivalent filed in the country of interest? Example search fields: Priority Information + Assignee/Inventor
- State of the Art in the Country of Interest for competitive analysis: Assignee/Inventor + Keywords
- Other questions: Legal Status, Fee Payment information, Expiry/Extension information
However, in the course of the PIUG project, we realized that the EPO and WIPO already had resources available to help navigate Patent Registers. We decided that the PIUG team would focus on building relationships with those at the EPO and WIPO who were working on these projects and use the PIUG Wiki to link to these resources. The PIUG PPO Committee would also act as liaison between these patenting authorities and any future authorities/sources that may be working on this topic to expand coverage of the Patent Registers available online.
This PIUG wiki will be the “central” hub to make all Patent Register data available to all patent information users worldwide. So far, this wiki contains links and high level summaries of the information available on the EPO and WIPO websites. Suggestions on additional quick guides for Patent Registers from other countries and/or patenting authorities of interest to be included in this PIUG wiki page are most welcome. Please contact Cynthia Barcelon Yang or Cynthia Gallagher with any suggestions.