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System DataPatent Lens
Owner NameCambia
Intellogist ReportPatent Lens
AddressGPO Box 3200
Canberra ACT 2601
Main Telephone+ 61 2 6246 4500
Main Facsimile+ 61 2 6246 4533
WebsitePatent Lens
Customer Support Email
Tool TypePatent Search Systems, Free Tools, New/Recently Updated
Interface LanguageEnglish, French, Russian, and Chinese.
RatingPatent Lens
Overall Rating
  • Currently 3.80 / 5
Rating: 3.8/5 (5 votes)
Data Coverage Rating
  • Currently 3.80 / 5
Rating: 3.8/5 (5 votes)
Document Delivery Rating
  • Currently 3.40 / 5
Rating: 3.4/5 (5 votes)
Import/Export Functions Rating
  • Currently 3.20 / 5
Rating: 3.2/5 (5 votes)
Value Rating
  • Currently 4.80 / 5
Rating: 4.8/5 (5 votes)
Usability Rating
  • Currently 4.60 / 5
Rating: 4.6/5 (5 votes)
Interface Functionality Rating
  • Currently 3.60 / 5
Rating: 3.6/5 (5 votes)
Search Accuracy Rating
  • Currently 4.20 / 5
Rating: 4.2/5 (5 votes)
Company Strength Rating
  • Currently 4.75 / 5
Rating: 4.8/5 (4 votes)
Customer Support Rating
  • Currently 4.67 / 5
Rating: 4.7/5 (3 votes)
Data Coverage Patent Lens
Full Text: Patent Authority CoverageUS, EP, WO/PCT, AU
Full Text: Patent Kind CoverageUS - Published Applications, Granted Patents; EP - Granted Patents; WO/PCT - Published International PCT Applications; AU - Published Applications, Granted Patents.
Full Text: Number of Authorities4
Partial Text: Patent Authority CoverageN/A
Partial Text: Patent Text CoveredN/A
Bibliographic: Patent Authority CoverageN/A
Machine Pre-Translated Datano No
Full Document Images: Patent Authority CoverageUS, EP, WO/PCT
Representative/Front Page Imagesno No
Full Patent Drawing Setsno No
Corporate Tree Datano No
Non-Patent Coverageyes Yes
Non-Patent SourcesCrossRef; NCBI's PubMed and Open Access; Full text from PubMedCentral where available.
Special Indexingno No, no additional indexing is available.
Update FrequencyMost update within a week, Australia updated within two months.
Comments on Missing CoverageLacks EP application coverage. Lacks US granted patent coverage prior to 1976.
Family DataPatent Lens
Inpadoc Family Data Coverageyes Yes
Types of Family DefinitionExtended INPADOC
Derwent WPI Family Coverageno No
Citation DataPatent Lens
Backward Citationsyes Yes
Forward Citationsyes Yes
Citation Data CoverageUS, EP, AU
Special Features of Citation SearchN/A
Citation Visualization Toolno No
Legal Status DataPatent Lens
Legal Status Data Includedyes Yes
Legal Status Data SourcesINPADOC legal status
Classification DataPatent Lens
Current US Classyes Yes
Original US Classno No
IPC - Ryes Yes
Original IPC data (v1-v7)no No
Japanese File Index Termsno No
Japanese F-Termsno No
Other National Classification Systemsno No
Search Interface FunctionalityPatent Lens
Search Formyes Yes
Command Line Style Interfaceyes Yes
Index Browsing Featureno No
Allowed OperatorsBoolean, proximity operator "near" allows proximity searching within x number of words in either direction.
TruncationUnlimited internal and right truncation by use of asterisk. Can turn on/off stemming for all words.
Unique Features of the Search InterfaceN/A
Viewing ResultsPatent Lens
Max Hit List SizeUnlimited
Single Representative Imageno No
View Full Document ImageCan download, open in a new window, or switch to tab with full document PDF image.
Patent Drawing Thumbnail Overviewno No
Family Sortingno No
Sorting by Other Criteriayes Yes. Publication date, title, patent number and relevancy.
Deduplicationno No
On-the-Fly Machine Translationsno No
Keyword Term Highlightingyes Yes
Keyword Term Navigationno No
User-Defined Highlightingno No
Highlighting Feature Supports Proximity Operatorsno No
Save Custom Lists From Search Resultsno No
Combining Custom Patent Listno No
Unique Features of The Record ViewCan switch among bibliographic information, full text, PDF image and legal status info via a tabbed viewing page.
Search HistoryPatent Lens
Saving Search Queriesyes Yes
Organizing Search Queriesno No
Stored Search Query Expiration TimeN/A
Combining Search Queriesno No
Exporting Search Historiesno No
Alertsno No
Import, Export and DownloadPatent Lens
Import List of Document Numbersno No. One number at a time importing is allowed.
Export Document Datayes Yes. RIS data can be exported for bibliographic data on one patent at a time.
Formats for Export DataRIS
Individual Patent Copy Downloadingyes Yes
Bulk Patent Copy Downloadingno No
File Format for Patent Copy DownloadsPDF
AnalysisPatent Lens
Statistical Analysisyes Yes
Graphsyes Yes
Keyword Analysisno No
Customer SupportPatent Lens
Cost/Usage Trackingno No, service is free.
On-Site Trainingno No
Scheduled Web Seminarsno No
Live Helpno No
Online User Guideyes Yes
PricingPatent Lens
Pricing PolicyFree
AssessmentPatent Lens
Primary System StrengthsAustralian full text data; Full text for PCT applications in native language including non-Roman languages Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Russian; Patent Landscape studies.
Weaknesses and AnnoyancesNo images except PDF document; No abstract in hit list; No classification searching; Garbled text on some OCR Chinese and Japanese documents.
Overall AssessmentGood secondary tool for accessing Australian full text data or doing quick and uncomplicated searches. Lacks in-depth search options or record handling to do extensive searches.
Company StrengthCAMBIA is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to providing a service to the patent community.
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