Report:Patent Analysis Search System/Viewing Results/Viewing Patent Drawings
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|The www.patentanalysis.com search portal has closed as of April 2010. The company is now only providing XML data from the New Zealand IPONZ collection.|
Viewing Patent Drawings
The patent drawing coverage on PatentAnalysis.com is fairly minimal. There is no drawing coverage whatsoever for any of the databases except for New Zealand (NZ). Even this coverage is thumbnail only. Representative drawing thumbnails for most NZ documents are displayed in the hit list (see The Hit List section for a screenshot). However, once a full document is displayed, no drawings whatsoever are displayed.
Representative drawing thumbnail images are displayed in the result list after performing a search, but only when searching New Zealand documents. Puzzlingly, once a record is navigated to, no drawings are displayed, thumbnail or otherwise. At this point, the user must click on the PDF icon to view the full document image in order to look at the drawings. Furthermore, these PDF document images are available only for New Zealand documents.
Full Document Images
As of the time of this writing, full document images are not available through PatentAnalysis.com, except for the PDF files available for the New Zealand collection. These PDF images are available either by clicking on the PDF icon from the result listing or the larger PDF icon when viewing the full text document.
This is an instance where PatentAnalysis.com lags a bit behind the competition. For example, PDF versions of US and European documents are freely available from sources such as esp@cenet, FreePatentsOnline, as well as the USPTO.gov website. Based on the 'greyed out' PDF icons that appear when viewing records in the United States and European collections, it appears as though the developers are planning on expanding the PDF availability on PatentAnalysis.com.