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System DataThomson Innovation
Owner NameThomson Reuters
Intellogist ReportThomson Innovation
Address1500 Spring Garden Street
Fourth Floor
Philadelphia Pennsylvania 19130
United States
Main Telephone+1 215 386 0100
Main Facsimile
WebsiteThomson Innovation
Customer Support Email
Tool TypePatent Analytical Tool, Patent Search Systems, Non-Patent Data Provider, Commercial/Pay Databases, New/Recently Updated
Interface LanguageEnglish, Japanese
RatingThomson Innovation
Overall Rating
  • Currently 3.27 / 5
Rating: 3.3/5 (37 votes)
Data Coverage Rating
  • Currently 3.48 / 5
Rating: 3.5/5 (42 votes)
Document Delivery Rating
  • Currently 3.05 / 5
Rating: 3.0/5 (42 votes)
Import/Export Functions Rating
  • Currently 3.05 / 5
Rating: 3.1/5 (38 votes)
Value Rating
  • Currently 3.08 / 5
Rating: 3.1/5 (40 votes)
Usability Rating
  • Currently 3.33 / 5
Rating: 3.3/5 (39 votes)
Interface Functionality Rating
  • Currently 3.24 / 5
Rating: 3.2/5 (42 votes)
Search Accuracy Rating
  • Currently 3.33 / 5
Rating: 3.3/5 (39 votes)
Company Strength Rating
  • Currently 3.81 / 5
Rating: 3.8/5 (37 votes)
Customer Support Rating
  • Currently 3.05 / 5
Rating: 3.1/5 (37 votes)
Data Coverage Thomson Innovation
Full Text: Patent Authority CoverageUS, EP, WO/PCT, JP, DE, GB, FR, KR
Full Text: Patent Kind CoverageUS - Published Applications, Granted Patents; EP - Published Applications, Granted Patents; WO/PCT - Published International PCT Applications; JP - Published Applications, Granted Patents, Utility Models (Native Language Japanese Collection also available); DE - Granted Patents, Published Applications, Utility Models; FR - Published Applications; GB - Published Applications; KR - Published Applications, Granted Patents, Utility Models
Full Text: Number of Authorities8
Partial Text: Patent Authority CoverageINPADOC and DWPI plus special collections for CA and CN.
Partial Text: Patent Text CoveredDWPI - DWPI Abstracts; INPADOC - English Abstracts; CN - English Abstracts, English Claims; CA - Abstracts and Claims in English, with some records in French.
Bibliographic: Patent Authority CoverageINPADOC and DWPI
Machine Pre-Translated Datayes Yes, JP (machine-assisted translations), CN (machine-assisted translations), KR (machine translations)
Full Document Images: Patent Authority CoverageEqual to MicroPatent PatentWeb. Actively updated collections include: AP, AT, BE, CA, CH, DK, EP, FR, DD, DE, ES, GB, IE, IT, JP, LU, MC, NL, OA, PT, SE, US, WO/PCT. Partial (often static) collections include: AR, AU, BR, BG, CN, CZ, CS, FI, GR, HU, LV, LT, MX, MN, NO, PH, PL, RO, RU, SU, SK, SI. PDFs only available via special order for BY, CO, DO, DD, KZ, YU, TH, ZM, ZW.
Representative/Front Page ImagesRepresentative images are available for at least US, EP, WO/PCT, DE, FR, in addition to DWPI images.
Full Patent Drawing SetsFull drawing sets are available for at least US, EP, WO/PCT, DE, GB and JP.
Corporate Tree Datayes Yes, corporate data is from 1790 Analytics.
Non-Patent Coverageyes Yes
Non-Patent SourcesWeb of Science, Current Contents Connect, Conference Proceedings, Inspec, Gale Group Company Intelligence, Gale Group TableBase, West NewsRoom, and Research Centers and Services Directory
Special Indexingyes Yes, the DWPI file, Inspec file, and Web of Science file contain special indexing.
Update FrequencyMost collections are updated weekly, and corporate tree data is updated monthly. The Derwent World Patents Index is updated approximately every 3 days.
Comments on Missing CoverageKnown gaps exist in INPADOC. As with any patent collection, gaps in coverage may exist but have not been discovered or quantified. Gaps in representative patent drawing images are well documented.
Family DataThomson Innovation
Inpadoc Family Data Coverageyes Yes
Types of Family DefinitionExtended INPADOC families and DWPI families
Derwent WPI Family Coverageyes Yes
Citation DataThomson Innovation
Backward Citationsyes Yes
Forward Citationsyes Yes
Citation Data CoverageINPADOC citation coverage plus US from 1971; WO/PCT from 1978; EP from 1978; DE from 1969; GB from 1978; JP from 2005; KR from 2008
Special Features of Citation SearchHyperlinks are provided to forward and backward citations from the Full Record View. Citation searching is available from the search interface. A dynamic citation mapping feature is included. A watch feature alerts users when new citations are added to a record.
Citation Visualization Toolyes Yes, the tool is dynamic and interactive. The tool focuses on one patent at a time, and does not show co-citations. The tool allows color-coding by criteria such as INPADOC/DWPI patent family.
Legal Status DataThomson Innovation
Legal Status Data Includedyes Yes
Legal Status Data SourcesINPADOC legal status file, plus US reassignment, maintenance, litigation, and post-issuance data, EP procedural status, licensee, and opposition data, and JP examination information, registration and post registration legal status, and trial and appeal data (separate subscription required)
Classification DataThomson Innovation
Current US Classyes Yes
Original US Classyes Yes
IPC - Ryes Yes
Original IPC data (v1-v7)yes Yes
ECLAyes Yes
Japanese File Index Termsyes Yes
Japanese F-Termsyes Yes
Other National Classification Systemsyes Yes, Locarno
Search Interface FunctionalityThomson Innovation
Search Formyes Yes
Command Line Style Interfaceyes Yes
Index Browsing Featureyes Yes, a "browse" option is only available for classification fields and for the assignee field (through the corporate tree tool).
Allowed OperatorsBoolean and proximity operators are available. Proximity operators include both fixed-order and non-order-specific adjacency operators that allow users to define the maximum distance between terms, and one paragraph-based operator. Specific consonant, vowel, and numeral wildcard operators are available. Numeric operators are available for date searching. An operator for keyword weighting is also available in the patent collection.
TruncationLimited and unlimited left, right, and internal truncation and SLART are supported in most, but not all data collections. At least one operator can represent 0-or-1 characters. In the patent collection, truncation operators can be combined to facilitate threshold truncation.
Unique Features of the Search InterfaceAbility to collapse by application number, INPADOC or DWPI families is unusual and useful; interface offers advanced searching capability in both the search form design and command language. Command language query preview available with syntax checking; record update search available (family changes, legal status change, new publication, citation change, assignment change).
Viewing ResultsThomson Innovation
Max Hit List Size30,000 (for Pro and Express level users) and 60,000 (for Analyst level users)
Single Representative Imageyes Yes
View Full Document Imageyes Yes, full document images may be downloaded via an icon on the hit list or record view.
Patent Drawing Thumbnail Overviewyes Yes
Family Sortingyes Yes, hit lists and saved results can be collapsed by INPADOC Family, DWPI Family, or Application Number.
Sorting by Other Criteriayes Yes, a result set or work file can be sorted by a wide range of data elements, including DWPI data, and a relevancy ranking system for search results.
DeduplicationN/A
On-the-Fly Machine Translationsyes Yes
Keyword Term Highlightingyes Yes
Keyword Term Navigationyes Yes
User-Defined Highlightingyes Yes, up to 20 different colors are available.
Highlighting Feature Supports Proximity Operatorsyes Yes
Save Custom Lists From Search Resultsyes Yes, up to 30,000 patent records may be saved in a work file (for Pro and Express subscriptions) or 60,000 patent records (for Analyst subscriptions). Saved results sets do not expire.
Combining Custom Patent Listyes Yes
Unique Features of The Record ViewQuick View or Full View options for Record View; DWPI information displayed alongside original patent text information; legal status, family and citation information displayed alongside text in collapsible fields; patent drawings load in panel to the right of text; hit count statistics displayed; feature to jump back and forth between hits; option to save current record to Marked List and move to next record in one click.
Search HistoryThomson Innovation
Saving Search Queriesyes Yes, queries are automatically stored in the active search history. These may then be saved into specified search histories.
Organizing Search Queriesyes Yes, saved queries may be organized into user-created hierarchical folders.
Stored Search Query Expiration TimeSaved queries do not expire.
Combining Search Queriesyes Yes
Exporting Search Historiesyes Yes, search histories may be viewed in a printer-friendly format that can easily be cut and paste into a Word document.
Alertsyes Yes
Import, Export and DownloadThomson Innovation
Import List of Document Numbersyes Yes, up to 30,000 (for Express and Pro) or 60,000 (for Analyst) document numbers may imported by pasting into a browser window or uploading as a text (TXT) file. 500 document numbers may be imported for patent copy ordering, and 25 document numbers may be imported for file history ordering.
Export Document Datayes Yes, up to 1,000 patent records with Express, 30,000 with Pro, and 60,000 with Analyst subscription may be exported. A wide range of data fields may be exported, including DWPI data fields.
Formats for Export DataBizInt Smart Charts® (BPD), CSV, Excel 2007 (XLSX), HTML, PDF, TSV, TXT, ResearchSoft® (RIS), RTF, XML, Spotfire, Thomson Data Analyzer
Individual Patent Copy Downloadingyes Yes
Bulk Patent Copy Downloadingyes Yes, up to 500 patent copies may be downloaded at one time, and pricing is usually on a flat fee basis with subscription.
File Format for Patent Copy DownloadsPDF, TIFF
AnalysisThomson Innovation
Statistical Analysisyes Yes
Graphsyes Yes
Keyword Analysisyes Yes
Customer SupportThomson Innovation
Cost/Usage Trackingyes Yes
On-Site Trainingyes Yes
Scheduled Web Seminarsyes Yes
Live Helpyes Yes
Online User Guideyes Yes
PricingThomson Innovation
Pricing PolicyPricing will vary based on content packages as well as number of users. Subscription packages can include seats for Analyst, Professional and Express versions of the package. The service's sales representatives can customize subscription options to meet individual company needs.
AssessmentThomson Innovation
Primary System StrengthsAvailability of DWPI value-added content on flat-fee basis; machine-assisted translation of JP, CN, and KR documents (machine translation only for KR); a native Japanese patent collection and Japanese search interface; unlimited left-truncation; user-friendly, customize-able interface; Ability to rapidly browse through and mark individual records using Quick View; single-platform searching of patent, literature, and business content; very detailed help materials and training available.
Weaknesses and AnnoyancesSystem lacks a Keywords In Context (KWIC) feature in record view; system does not support highlighting groups of keyword synonyms in the same color; system does not offer Espacenet drawing mosaics particularly (though it does show drawing pages in thumbnail view in the image panel).
Overall AssessmentOverall, the system is a worthy all-in-one patent and literature search tool. Frequent product updates add new coverage, search tools, and fixes for minor system problems.
Company StrengthThomson Reuters is a global leader in information services. It offers data collections and search products spanning multiple industries, including financial, business, healthcare, media, legal, scientific, intellectual property, and tax & accounting fields. In addition, the company has multiple offices around the globe. It is one of the most influential providers of patent search tools, as it has offered multiple well-known products in this area.
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