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Patolis Corp. is a private company that produces Japanese patent data. The service is a notable source for Japanese legal status data. Patolis data used to be accessible on the web via PATOLIS-e, but that service closed in September of 2006, leaving Questel and the European Patent Office as portals to the legal status data, and Questel as a host for the electronic data.
When it was available online, the data provided by Patolis was also indexed by English keyword.
The service should not be confused with Patent Abstracts of Japan (PAJ), produced by the JAPIO corporation.
Bankruptcy and Re-organization
In July 2009 a notice of bankruptcy/re-organization (under a Japanese law similar to the US Chapter 11 bankruptcy law) was posted on the Patolis website in Japanese only. An unofficial translation of this notice appears below.
NOTE: THIS IS AN UNOFFICIAL TRANSLATION. PLEASE CONTACT PATOLIS CORPORATION FOR FURTHER COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS.
On July 24, Renaud Garat of Questel posted to the PIUG wiki that Questel would continue to provide uninterrupted access to Patolis data.
- ↑ Garat, Renaud. "PATOLIS-E ACCESS." Post to PIUG wiki. http://wiki.piug.org/display/PIUG/2009/07/24/PATOLIS-E+ACCESS. Accessed July 24, 2009.