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System DataWIPS Global
Owner NameWIPS Global
Intellogist ReportWIPS Global
Address93-45 Bookchang-Dong
Seoul 100-080
South Korea
Main Telephone+82-2-726-1103 / 1109
Main Facsimile+82-2-726-1001
WebsiteWIPS Global
Customer Support
Tool TypePatent Search Systems, Commercial/Pay Databases
Interface LanguageJapanese, Korean, English
RatingWIPS Global
Overall Rating
  • Currently 3.67 / 5
Rating: 3.7/5 (3 votes)
Data Coverage Rating
  • Currently 3.67 / 5
Rating: 3.7/5 (3 votes)
Document Delivery Rating
  • Currently 3.33 / 5
Rating: 3.3/5 (3 votes)
Import/Export Functions Rating
  • Currently 3.67 / 5
Rating: 3.7/5 (3 votes)
Value Rating
  • Currently 3.67 / 5
Rating: 3.7/5 (3 votes)
Usability Rating
  • Currently 3.67 / 5
Rating: 3.7/5 (3 votes)
Interface Functionality Rating
  • Currently 3.67 / 5
Rating: 3.7/5 (3 votes)
Search Accuracy Rating
  • Currently 3.67 / 5
Rating: 3.7/5 (3 votes)
Company Strength Rating
  • Currently 3.67 / 5
Rating: 3.7/5 (3 votes)
Customer Support Rating
  • Currently 3.67 / 5
Rating: 3.7/5 (3 votes)
Data Coverage WIPS Global
Full Text: Patent Authority CoverageUS, EP
Full Text: Patent Kind CoverageUS - Published Applications, Granted Patents; EP - Published Applications, Granted Patents.
Full Text: Number of Authorities2
Partial Text: Patent Authority CoverageINPADOC plus special collections for WO/PCT, JP, CH, CN, DE, FR, GB, and KR.
Partial Text: Patent Text CoveredINPADOC - English Abstracts; WO/PCT, JP, CH, DE, FR, GB, and KR - English Abstracts; CN - English Abstracts and Claims
Bibliographic: Patent Authority CoverageINPADOC plus KR (Korea Patent Index file)
Machine Pre-Translated Datano No
Full Document Images: Patent Authority CoverageUS, EP, WO/PCT, JP, and CN available on the system; DE, GB, FR, CH available via link to Espacenet.
Representative/Front Page ImagesRepresentative drawings are available for KR (Korean Patent Index file) and many other records in the system.
Full Patent Drawing SetsMosaics or full drawing sets are not available separately from the complete document images.
Corporate Tree Datano No
Non-Patent Coverageno No
Non-Patent SourcesN/A
Special Indexingno No
Update FrequencyEach collection is updated weekly, except for the G-PAT collection (DE, FR, GB, CH), which is no longer updated.
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. G-PAT collection (DE, FR, GB, CH) coverage has not been expanded since 2003.
Family DataWIPS Global
Inpadoc Family Data Coverageyes Yes
Types of Family DefinitionWIPS patent families (these combine extended INPADOC family data along with continuation, continuation-in-part, and divisional applications, and are compiled by WIPS)
Derwent WPI Family Coverageno No
Citation DataWIPS Global
Backward Citationsyes Yes
Forward Citationsyes Yes
Citation Data CoverageBackward and forward citations for US documents; backward citations for EP documents
Special Features of Citation SearchHyperlinks are provided to forward and backward citations from the record view. Forward citation searching is available from the search interface. A dynamic citation mapping feature is included.
Citation Visualization Toolyes Yes, the tool is interactive, and allows users to view several generations of forward and backward citations. The tool allows users to view citations along a timeline.
Legal Status DataWIPS Global
Legal Status Data Includedyes Yes
Legal Status Data SourcesINPADOC legal status file, plus links to US and JP File Contents History
Classification DataWIPS Global
Current US Classyes Yes
Original US Classyes Yes
IPC - Ryes Yes
Original IPC data (v1-v7)no No
ECLAyes Yes
Japanese File Index Termsyes Yes
Japanese F-Termsyes Yes
Other National Classification Systemsno No
Search Interface FunctionalityWIPS Global
Search Formyes Yes
Command Line Style Interfaceyes Yes
Index Browsing Featureno No
Allowed OperatorsBoolean (including XOR) and proximity operators are available. Proximity operators include fixed-order and non-order-specific adjacency operators, and sentence- and paragraph-based operators that include the ability to specify that two terms are NOT within the same sentence or paragraph. Range operators are also available.
TruncationUnlimited right and internal truncation is available. A single character operator may be used as right or internal truncation. No 0-or-1 character operators are available.
Unique Features of the Search InterfaceFive search forms are provided for various levels of expertise.
Viewing ResultsWIPS Global
Max Hit List SizeUnlimited
Single Representative Imageyes Yes
View Full Document Imageyes Yes, full document images may be downloaded as PDFs or viewed via Espacenet, depending on the document requested. Documents must be viewed in a separate document viewer in the My Folder section.
Patent Drawing Thumbnail Overviewyes Yes
Family Sortingno No
Sorting by Other Criteriayes Yes
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 Resultsyes Yes, up to 200 records may be saved at one time into the default folder. From the default, records can be saved into other project folders.
Combining Custom Patent Listyes Yes, although Boolean operators are not used, results from each folder can be copied or moved into another folder, or deleted.
Unique Features of The Record ViewCertain items, such as analysis tools and forward reference displays, open in a separate window; representative drawings can be collectively viewed in a separate window.
Search HistoryWIPS Global
Saving Search Queriesyes Yes, however, the user must give a command to save a search query. Queries are not automatically saved.
Organizing Search Queriesyes Yes, related queries may be saved into folders.
Stored Search Query Expiration TimeSaved queries do not expire.
Combining Search Queriesyes Yes
Exporting Search Historiesno No, queries must be copied and saved elsewhere. Depending on which part of the interface they are copied from, either the hit count or the search date is not displayed, so these must be recorded by the user at the time of search.
Alertsyes Yes, a limited number of alerts available in yearly and group subscriptions, a separate fee is required of larger usage.
Import, Export and DownloadWIPS Global
Import List of Document Numbersno No, however, the Number Search form can accept up to 100-150 document numbers, acting as an ad hoc import function.
Export Document Datayes Yes, up to 5,000 documents may be exported.
Formats for Export DataMicrosoft Access (MDB), TXT, XLS, WIPS Global proprietary file type for analysis tool ThinKlear (PMD).
Individual Patent Copy Downloadingyes Yes, some documents may be "built" and saved using the separate WIPS Global document viewer, called PIView. All full document images are now available in PDF files.
Bulk Patent Copy Downloadingyes Yes, patent copies may be downloaded in bulk for an additional fee.
File Format for Patent Copy DownloadsPDF, HTML
AnalysisWIPS Global
Statistical Analysisyes Yes
Graphsyes Yes
Keyword Analysisno No
Customer SupportWIPS Global
Cost/Usage Trackingno No
On-Site Trainingno No
Scheduled Web Seminarsno No
Live Helpno No
Online User Guideyes Yes
PricingWIPS Global
Pricing PolicyMonthly, yearly, and group subscriptions are available. Discounts are available for group subscriptions.
AssessmentWIPS Global
Primary System StrengthsKorean Patent Index (KPI) coverage is current and updated weekly, and may be used as a better current awareness tool than the English abstracts collection; the related application analysis tool is unusual and useful.
Weaknesses and AnnoyancesThe interface is often clumsy with too many separate windows; users cannot save complete search histories; switching patenting authority in the Step Search form will erase search history.
Overall AssessmentWith the exception of Korea, the system's coverage is lacking compared to other search engines. The user interface lags behind other commercial search engines.
Company StrengthWIPS Corp. is an important company in the IP information field in Korea, with a good relationship with the Korean Patent Office.
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