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System DataTotalPatent
Owner NameLexis-Nexis
Intellogist ReportTotalPatent
9443 Springboro Pike
Miamisburg Ohio 45342
United States
Main Telephone937-865-6800
Main Facsimile
Customer Support Email
Tool TypePatent Search Systems, Commercial/Pay Databases, New/Recently Updated
Interface LanguageEnglish
Overall Rating
  • Currently 3.08 / 5
Rating: 3.1/5 (36 votes)
Data Coverage Rating
  • Currently 3.92 / 5
Rating: 3.9/5 (39 votes)
Document Delivery Rating
  • Currently 3.26 / 5
Rating: 3.3/5 (38 votes)
Import/Export Functions Rating
  • Currently 3.03 / 5
Rating: 3.0/5 (39 votes)
Value Rating
  • Currently 2.89 / 5
Rating: 2.9/5 (36 votes)
Usability Rating
  • Currently 3.00 / 5
Rating: 3.0/5 (39 votes)
Interface Functionality Rating
  • Currently 3.08 / 5
Rating: 3.1/5 (39 votes)
Search Accuracy Rating
  • Currently 3.06 / 5
Rating: 3.1/5 (36 votes)
Company Strength Rating
  • Currently 3.51 / 5
Rating: 3.5/5 (37 votes)
Customer Support Rating
  • Currently 2.97 / 5
Rating: 3.0/5 (38 votes)
Data Coverage TotalPatent
Full Text: Patent Authority CoverageAt least US, EP, WO/PCT, JP, AR, AT, AU, BE, BR, CA, CH, CN, DD, DE, DK, EA, ES, FI, FR, GB, IE, IN, IT, KR, LU, MC, MX, NL, PT, RU, SE, SU. Full text original language collections are available for JP, CN, and KR, and all three collections additionally include English machine translations.
Full Text: Patent Kind CoverageALL above collections are assumed to have full text coverage for Applications, Patents, and Utility models (where applicable). The following collections have full text coverage in the specified document type ONLY: AR - Applications; BE - Grants; EA - Applications; IN - Grants; MC - Grants; MX - Grants; WO/PCT - Applications
Full Text: Number of AuthoritiesFull text now includes coverage from at least 32 authorities
Partial Text: Patent Authority CoverageINPADOC plus additional authorities BO and VE; machine translations for the Claims and Description fields of authorities AR, AT, BE, BR, CA, CH, DD, DE, EP, ES, FR, IT, LU, MC, NL, PT, SE, WO. Some form of machine translation is available for CN, EA, JP, KR, MX, RU, SU.
Partial Text: Patent Text CoveredINPADOC - English Abstracts, Claims, and Descriptions; JP - English Abstracts, Claims, and Descriptions; Other authorities - English Machine Translated Abstracts
Bibliographic: Patent Authority CoverageINPADOC plus additional authorities BO, PY, TT, VE.
Machine Pre-Translated Datayes Yes, see Partial Text: Patent authority coverage
Full Document Images: Patent Authority CoverageFacsimile plus front page and other images are available for AR, AT, AU, BE, BG, BR, CA, CH, CN, CS, CZ, DD, DE, DK, EA, EE, EP, ES, FI, FR, GB, HR, HU, IN, IT, JP, KR, MX, NL, NO, PL, PT, RO, RU, SE, SL, SK, US, TR, WO.
Representative/Front Page ImagesRepresentative or "clipped" images available for over 50 authorities.
Full Patent Drawing SetsFull drawing sets are available for US from 2001, and EP from 2000.
Corporate Tree Datayes Yes, corporate data is from the Directory of Corporate Affiliations (DCA).
Non-Patent Coverageyes Yes
Non-Patent SourcesLinks from selective non-patent literature references to Scopus Preview abstracts. The system also links to US court dockets available through the LexisNexis Courtlink® service.
Special Indexingno No
Update FrequencyMost "major" full text collections (US, EP, WO/PCT, CA, CN, DE, FR, GB) are updated weekly. The JP and KR collections are updated monthly.
Comments on Missing CoverageAs with any patent collection, gaps in coverage may exist but have not been discovered or quantified.
Family DataTotalPatent
Inpadoc Family Data Coverageyes Yes
Types of Family DefinitionSimple families (all document share same priority), extended families (all documents directly or indirectly have a priority number in common), and INPADOC families
Derwent WPI Family Coverageno No
Citation DataTotalPatent
Backward Citationsyes Yes
Forward Citationsyes Yes
Citation Data CoverageNot specified, but probably equal to INPADOC citation coverage. Citation data is available for at least AU, CN, DE, EP, GB, RU, US, and WO/PCT. Forward citations are constructed on the fly.
Special Features of Citation SearchHyperlinks are provided to forward and backward citations from the record view. Backward citations are searchable through the system interface. Citation mapping feature shows citation relationships between up to 20 documents.
Citation Visualization Toolyes Yes, the tool compares citation relationships of 1 to 20 subject documents.
Legal Status DataTotalPatent
Legal Status Data Includedyes Yes
Legal Status Data SourcesINPADOC legal status file, LexisNexis Courtlink® shows related US federal and state court dockets related to US patents.
Classification DataTotalPatent
Current US Classyes Yes
Original US Classno No
IPC - Ryes Yes
Original IPC data (v1-v7)yes Yes
ECLAyes Yes
Japanese File Index Termsyes Yes
Japanese F-Termsyes Yes
Other National Classification Systemsno No
Search Interface FunctionalityTotalPatent
Search Formyes Yes
Command Line Style Interfaceyes Yes
Index Browsing Featureyes Yes, Assignee and Inventor indexes are available to browse, beginning with a search.
Allowed OperatorsBoolean and proximity operators are available. Proximity operators include sentence and paragraph based operators, as well as both order- and non-order-specific operators which allow users to define the maximum distance between terms. Additional operators include ALLCAPS, ATLEAST, CAPS, NOCAPS, SINGULAR, and PLURAL.
TruncationLimited and unlimited right truncation are supported, as well as limited internal truncation. Left truncation and SLART are not supported. At least one operator can represent 0-or-more characters.
Unique Features of the Search InterfaceSyntax converter tool allows the user to convert search queries from MicroPatent or Delphion syntax into TotalPatent syntax; queries can be saved into a search history at the same time as they are run. A semantic search feature is available to suggest additional search terms (free for new subscriptions).
Viewing ResultsTotalPatent
Max Hit List Size3,000 (but 20,000 if results saved directly to a work file)
Single Representative Imageyes Yes
View Full Document Imageyes Yes, full document images are viewed in PDF format, either on their own via the PDF tab, or side-by-side with the document text.
Patent Drawing Thumbnail Overviewyes Yes
Family Sortingyes Yes, hit lists and saved results may be sorted by Simple families (all document share same priority). Family duplicates can be removed from results and from a work folder.
Sorting by Other Criteriayes Yes, a result set or work file can be sorted by a wide range of data elements, including a relevancy ranking system for search results. A ranking feature using semantic technology is also available.
Deduplicationyes Yes
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 Resultsyes Yes, selected documents can be saved to a Work Folder or sub-folder.
Combining Custom Patent Listno No, although the contents of one Work Folder can be moved into another Work Folder.
Unique Features of The Record ViewVarious tabs allow access to full electronic text, claims only, drawing images, KWIC view, family data, legal status, Courtlink® data, PDF versions of the document, and annotations for the record; for machine translated data, users can toggle between original language and English translation; documents are hyperlinked for quick searching.
Search HistoryTotalPatent
Saving Search Queriesyes Yes, queries are placed in temporary storage for 72 hours. They may be permanently saved by user command.
Organizing Search Queriesyes Yes, related queries may be saved into folders and sub-folders.
Stored Search Query Expiration TimeQueries are stored for 72 hours unless saved by the user. Saved queries do not expire.
Combining Search Queriesyes Yes
Exporting Search Historiesyes Yes, users can select the "print" icon above the search history list to view a list of selected queries (including authorities searched) that can be easily cut and paste into a word document or printed.
Alertsyes Yes
Import, Export and DownloadTotalPatent
Import List of Document Numbersyes Yes, up to 20,000 publication numbers may be uploaded.
Export Document Datayes Yes, up to 20,000 records may be exported, but only after they have been saved to a work file. Up to 500 records from a results set may be exported into PDF format, up to 5,000 documents can be exported in XML-ST.36 standard format, and .CSV exports can be up to 20,000 records.
Formats for Export DataBizInt Smart Charts® (BPD), CSV, DOC, HTML, PDF, TSV, TXT, RTF, XML
Individual Patent Copy Downloadingyes Yes
Bulk Patent Copy Downloadingyes Yes, up to 500 patent copies may be downloaded at one time. Document delivery is included in all subscriptions.
File Format for Patent Copy DownloadsWord, RTF, HTML, PDF, Plain Text, XML - varies depending on portions of documents being downloaded
Statistical Analysisyes Yes
Graphsyes Yes
Keyword Analysisyes Yes
Customer SupportTotalPatent
Cost/Usage Trackingyes Yes, the powerinvoice tool allows a user to track/bill back their research.
On-Site Trainingyes Yes
Scheduled Web Seminarsyes Yes
Live Helpyes Yes
Online User Guideyes Yes
Pricing PolicyBoth yearly subscriptions and transactional (pay-per-use) pricing options are available. The service's sales representative can customize subscription options to meet individual company needs. Semantic search is automatically included in subscription price.
Primary System StrengthsLarge number of countries covered in full text; availability of semantic keyword generation technology; user-friendly results viewing features; interesting analysis features; solid document delivery options.
Weaknesses and Annoyances3000 result limit for returned search results; cannot search English machine translations separately from original text; cannot use multiple terms under one highlighting color; cannot combine Work Folders using Boolean operators.
Overall AssessmentThis system offers impressive coverage and a friendly user interface; however, some impediments to workflow efficiency remain. The semantic search option is a unique offering.
Company StrengthLexisNexis claims to be the "world's largest collection of public records, unpublished opinions, forms, legal, news, and business information." As a subsidiary of Reed Elsevier, LexisNexis is a major competitor to the Scientific Business of Thomson Reuters. The company has access to an array of technical literature, legal and financial data products, and owns Univentio, a major producer of OCRed patent data.
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