Minesoft and RWS Group

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Database description

PatBase offers a robust platform from which to search, review, share and analyze business-critical patent information. Produced by IP specialists Minesoft in partnership with RWS Group, PatBase is a global patent database covering over 106 authorities. The database hosts 140+ million patent and related documents organized into patent families to reduce duplication and save time whilst searching.

Cross-lingual semantic search
Non-Latin character search
Search history queries
Patent Collections
General search tools
General search tools
Cross-lingual semantic search
Non-Latin character search
Search history queries
Semantic search
Similarity search

Latin and non-Latin texts are indexed together on PatBase, making it very intuitive to broaden a search across languages. Non-Latin text from Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Russian and Thai are also machine translated into English.

Straightforward search forms guide users through query building in PatBase. Any of these forms can be used to structure and combine search fields. Or, using the Command Line, create the query free form with guidance from our helpful Quick Guide of commands if needed. Command line allows use of keyword shortcuts for various commands.

Search queries can incorporate saved search histories and folders by reference. This allows for building on complicated search strategies over time. Search folders can be added to the history.

PatBase search language supports truncation and proximity operators to find variants or related terms based on a word-stem to broaden the search strategy. System allows multiple proximity and truncation's in succession.

Cooperative Patent Classification
International Patent Classification
US Patent Classification

Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC), International Patent Classification (IPC), Japanese F-Terms, Japanese FI-Terms, US Patent Classification, DEKLA Classification, Locarno Classification

There are many tools available in PatBase to search by or for classifications, including Classification Finder, Classification Explorer, PatBase Analytics, Snapshot and more.
This creates flexibility for topical exploration within a search set.

Value-added data
Value added data
Standardized applicant names
Standardized ID numbers
Patent family data
Patent family data

PatBase families are based on INPADOC family data. To save time for reviewers and to avoid duplication, PatBase families house all publications related to the same invention. In the Legal Information Browser module, priority information for each family is transparently illustrated in a straightforward grid. PatBase data is reviewed daily, to ensure the highest quality of information is upheld.

Index lists
Index lists
Applicant name
Corporate tree
Invention text

Applicant names can be viewed in the database.
Corporate trees are viewable and searchable in PatBase. Subsidiaries can be linked back to the parent company and groups can be created for analysis.
Keywords can be searched across all sections of the full-text or narrowed to just specific sections.

Results type
Keyword in context (KWIC) highlighting
Keyword map
Machine translation
Sorting by relevance
Translated titles and/or abstracts

Annotate, flag, rate, make notes, and highlight individual results, saved results, search histories and folders. All additions are exportable, allowing you to draw focus to specific points or areas of shared results.

Terms to highlight can either be automatically determined from the search query or customised, with highlighting applied either to entire documents or relevant snippets identified (Keyword in Context).

Jump to highlighted terms quickly while viewing full-text documents. The number of keyword hits within the title, abstract, claims and description are displayed and summarised in a table in the full-text viewer.

Whole documents can be machine-translated with just a few clicks. English machine translations are searched simultaneously with all English-language texts.
View the results and easily view both backward and forward citations.
Search results can be sorted according to relevancy, date, name, most cited, family number and more.
Customize display view and compress results for scannability or expand view for a more detailed display. Hide or show images in results.

Analysis data
Applicant and/or inventor
Invention text

PatBase Analytics V3 is a powerful analytics tool embedded in PatBase, which allows users to instantly analyse an unlimited number of records to draw valuable insights from summary graphs, charts and tables.
Use analysis features to further refine your search strategy.

Legal status
Search results

Allows for alerts on document level and topical queries.

Data export
Data Export
Bibliographic data
Description and/or claims
Full document scans
Legal status
Title and/or abstract

All patent data can be exported. Full-text, citations, classifications, original patent documents and legal status. Various file formats are available for download, including Word, HTML, Excel, PDF and more. Create custom export templates and save for future use.

Collaboration tools
Collaboration tools
Shared workfiles

Records can be shared using published links, folders or exported documents. Include notes, descriptions and highlighting to provide colleagues and clients with value-adding information. This is possible even if recipient does not have a login for Patbase/Patbase Express.

Non-patent data
Non-patent content
Industrial designs
Non-patent literature

PatBase non-patent literature includes industrial designs, links out to related journals and periodicals for further research, and non-patent citations.

The Non-Patent Literature search module supports DOI, ISSN and ISBN searching.

General operators
Anti-proximity (outside of range)
Boolean (AND, OR, NOT, XOR)
Comparison (e.g. >, =<)
Proximity (within range)
Wildcard operators
0-1 characters
1 character
Unlimited characters
Center truncation
Left truncation
Right truncation

Bibliographic data – At least one of the following is available: publication number, filing number, grant number, publication date, filing date, grant date, applicant name, assignee name, inventor name, patent classification.
Partial text – At least one of the following (but not all) are available: title, abstract, description, claims.
Full text – All of the following are available (where applicable for the given jurisdiction): description, claims