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Major Recent Updates

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June 2015

The following updates were made to the Thomson Innovation system during June 2015:[1]

  • Full-Text Coverage for Canadian Patents Expanded to 1978
  • Enhanced System Notice Platform
  • New Coverage for British and French Granted Patents Added to Core Collection
  • Choose Language for Text Fields on Latin American Records
  • US Patent and Trademark Office Stops Publishing US Class on Utility Patents
  • Quotation Marks Now Allowed with Japanese-Language Search Terms in Smart Search

December 2014

The following features were added to the Thomson Innovation system during December 2014:[2]

  • Transfer Saved Work to a Different Users - System administrators can transfer saved work from one user to another on the same claim ticket. All data is transferred; you cannot transfer individual items. Learn more about this feature through the Administrator help file "Transfer Saved Work Items".
  • External Links Go Directly to Content - External links to record views or PDF/image downloads (e.g., on alerts or exports) now go directly to the linked content. Previously, an intermediate screen displayed. Additionally, record views accessed from external links now open in separate windows or tabs (depending on your browser settings), which helps you perform side-by-side comparisons.

April 2014

The following features were added to the Thomson Innovation system during the Thomson Innovation Release 4.2 (2014-04-05):[3]

  • Document Delivery Enhancements - New "Quick Order" options let you order patent documents using your delivery options in preferences, skipping the Document Delivery screen. The full Document Delivery process requires fewer steps now, and the retention period for orders that incurred charges is increased to 60 days.
  • Thomson Innovation Usability Enhancements - Operators and filters now display over the navigation panel, saving room on the primary screen. The navigation panel now shows one section at a time, eliminating need to scroll.
  • Patent Result Sets Numbered - Patent result sets now contain sequential numbering to help you identify individual records. Sorting or filtering a result set renumbers it. Result sets for patent families use two numbers separated by a period to identify records. The first number indicates the parent record, and the second number indicates the child record. For example, number 2.3 indicates the third record for the second family. Citation result sets add "F" or "B" behind the second number to indicate forward or backwards citations. For example, number 3.2B indicates the second backwards citation for the third patent record.
  • Alerts Recipient Enhancements - You can now enter multiple alert recipient email addresses directly on the Alerts Options screen; separate multiple email addresses with commas. Alert owners can now see a list of all alert email and saved work recipients in alert emails.
  • Improved Results when Searching Japanese Patent Publication Numbers using Imperial Years
  • Improvements to Subscription/Content Access Changes
  • New Search Aid for Citation Relevance Categories - A new Relevance Category search aid (browse tool) is available for the Citations field. Access it by selecting Citations on the fielded search form or from the Resources menu on the expert search form. This search aid replicates the Relevance Category search aid available for DPCI (available to users with access to DWPI).
  • DPCI Citation Count Fields Accept "0" - You can now use "0" when searching DPCI citation count fields. This allows you to search for records without DPCI citations.
  • Exclude Non-Requested DWPI Basic Records from DPCI Specialized Searches
  • Changes to US Citation Sources - US citation sources now more closely reflect the source codes from the USPTO. All data in Thomson Innovation now uses the following US source codes for search and display:
    • 11 - Examiner
    • 12 - Applicant
    • 13 - Third Party
  • CPC Primary and CPC Combination Code Fields Added

January 2013

Thomson Reuters has posted a Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) – FAQ sheet (PDF) which includes the following information about the main features of the CPC implementation in Thomson Reuter’s products:[4]

The CPC Backfile, which includes the pre -1920 US data (to the extent it has been supplied by the EPO and USPTO), will be loaded in 2013 Q1 for most of the products. In addition to the CPC new symbols the Backfile will also include the most up to date version of the IPC and ECLA (to the end of 2012). DWPI Backfile will be updated to include the second version of the Backfile supplied by the EPO at the end of January 2013 to include the CPC position indicator, a late addition to the CPC data. Therefore the DWPI Backfile with the position indicator will be available at the end of April 2013.

The ongoing CPC data from 2013 will be accessible in Thomson Reuters products in separate fields corresponding to its status: original for data issued at the time of publication (usually data extracted from the direct weekly data feed from the patent office and the CPC allocated by the national patent offices, CPCNO) and current for the most up to date version of the CPC for that record (usually data extracted from main exchange bibliographic file from the EPO or US reclassification feed).

According to an update about the implementation of the CPC on the Thomson Innovation platform:[5]

The CPC frontfile classification data will be available from mid-February 2013 and the backfile data will be loaded in the first quarter of 2013. The first backfile data (including CPC allocations for US, EP and PCT) will be available in Thomson Innovation from mid-February, with the remaining backfile gradually loaded in country order by the end of March.

The following updates to resolved issues were listed for Thomson Innovation Release 3.6 on January 13, 2013:[6]

  • Patent Search - Ordering File Histories from the Japanese language Publication Number search form now works as expected.
  • Workspace & Collaboration - Work files created by combining alerts now open without error.

According to an announcement on the DWPI users LinkedIn group:[7]

As a result of the USPTO’s decision to delay the publication of the first patent applications with CPC classes on until March 17th 2013 there will now be a delay in the appearance of the first CPC information within the DWPI database. This will now not appear until the first quarterly update of INPADOC data which is expected in early March. The first US data will appear towards the end of March assuming this publication schedule is followed.

Thomson Reuters is now offering live online training entitled "CPC - The New Patent Classification System and Its Effects on Thomson Innovation and DWPI." Users can view the schedule of available courses and register here.

December 2012

The following updates to resolved issues were listed for Thomson Innovation Release 3.6 on December 16, 2012:[8]

  • Alerts - The DWPI Family and INPADOC Family fields display properly when editing alerts.
  • Exports and Reports
    • The Literature export fields Source, Organization, and Organization Address now include a pipe (|) separator between entries.
    • The Citing Refs Details - Patents export field now includes the Earliest Priority Date.
  • Patent Record View
    • Clicking Mark Record multiple times properly generates a single entry in the marked list.
    • DWPI-First Claim displays properly for DWPI users without entitlements to Asian data.
  • Patent Result Set
    • The Retrieve INPADOC/DWPI Family function works properly on results sets generated by Publication Number searches.
    • Result sets from combined queries are deduplicated properly.
  • Workspace and Collaboration
    • Work files in personal/public folders created by combining queries open as expected.
    • Importing folders and work files works properly when item names have more than 100 characters.

November 2012

According to an announcement about the Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) in the Thomson Innovation helpfiles:[9]

CPC will be made available in most Thomson Reuters patent products and services and will be represented by new fields containing both backfile and frontfile CPC data. The old ECLA and USPC fields, while no longer updated, will be retained in Thomson Reuters products to allow reference to historical data.

Thomson Innovation will fully embrace this latest classification advancement with flexible and versatile features to allow searching, display, analysis, export, and alerting using CPC with their main defining characteristics (attributes). “Current CPC” fields will capture the latest status of the CPC for records and “Original CPC” fields will capture the classification information available at the time of publication.

DWPI users will also see and benefit from these classification changes including the refinements of the CPC data in the backfile as well as in the ongoing patent data. Technical documentation and data samples detailing the specific implementation in the DWPI feeds have already been sent to those users (and can also be obtained from our Technical Support team).

The CPC frontfile classification data will be available in January 2013 and the backfile data will be loaded in the first quarter of 2013.

Browsing tools and help files, as well as our training and product specialists, will provide assistance during the transition period so our customers can take full advantage of the benefits of this new classification system.

According to the update to Resolved Items for Thomson Innovation Release 3.6, "Publication Number Search is now performing as expected when searching for a JP record – the discrepancy window is no longer appearing in error."[10]

October 2012

This system has been updated since our last review. During our next scheduled update, this article will be revised to include a description of the newly added content and features.

The following features were added to the Thomson Innovation system during the Thomson Innovation Release 3.6 (2012-10-27):[11]

  • Thomson Innovation Simplified Chinese Interface - This new release of Thomson Innovation brings you a Simplified Chinese version of the Thomson Innovation interface:
    • Search, view results, and manage your saved work in a Simplified Chinese Interface.
    • The entire interface, including the tool tips is now available in Simplified Chinese.
    • Switch between the Simplified Chinese, English, or Japanese versions of Thomson Innovation with just a click.
    • Simplified Chinese (or Japanese) can be set as your default interface language via Preferences (General).
    • The entire Help system has been translated and includes a full complement of Simplified Chinese screen captures.
  • Chinese Granted Patents Translated into English Now Available - English translations of Chinese Granted Patents are now available as part of the Asian Translated Collection. We are pleased to be able to provide full text back to 1989 and bibliographic information back to 1985. All translations are created through a human assisted translation process to provide high quality translations of the author title, abstract and all claims. With this enhancement, the following English translated Chinese records are available on Thomson Innovation in the Asian Translated Collection:
    • Chinese Utility Models - Front page & claims, 2007-present, bibliographic 1985-present.
    • Chinese Granted Patents - Front page & claims 1990-present, bibliographic 1985-present.
    • Chinese Patent Applications - Front page & claims, 2007-present, bibliographic 1985-present.
    • Immediately upon availability of Chinese Grants within the Asian Translated group of collections, users with access to the Asian Translated collections should cease using Other Authorities to retrieve Chinese Granted records and use only the Chinese Granted option.
    • For users with access to the Asian Translated group of collections, alerts and saved searches continuing to use Other Authorities for Chinese Grants will return zero results (for those records).
  • Extended Coverage for English Translated Japanese Granted Patents and Applications - With this enhancement, the following English translated Japanese records are available on Thomson Innovation in the Asian Translated Collection:
    • Japanese Utility Models - Full text 2008-present; bibliographic 1971-present (with gaps).
    • Japanese Granted Patents - Full text 1999-present; limited coverage 1998-2004.
    • Japanese Patent Applications - Full text 1999-present; bibliographic 1976-present.
    • All translations are created through a human assisted translation process to provide high quality translations of the author title, abstract and all claims.
  • Native Japanese Patent Now Available to Fill Gaps in Other Japanese Collections - When a JP (Japanese) patent record exists but, for example, has no Title or Abstract and therefore (under Core or Asian Translated entitlements) would appear blank, data from the Native Japanese Patent collection (which is a separate entitlement) is now used to fill the gap and make a useable record view. This change allows for more comprehensive analysis of search results from the Core and Asian Translated collections.
  • EuroPCT Transfer Record Gaps Now Populated with Claims from Corresponding WO Records - For EuroPCTs, the EPO includes very little data, relying on the original PCT application for abstract, claims, and description. Because the number of European patents that come into the European system via a PCT application is increasing, while the number that come in directly is decreasing, European data will increasingly seem insufficient in and of itself. To fill this gap and provide for more comprehensive search and analysis of European patent data, Thomson Innovation will use the claims in the corresponding WO to populate the EuroPCT.
  • Custom Fields - In-line editing is now available for Custom Fields.
  • Issues Resolved in this Release:
    • Alerts - For alerts which include highlighting, when the content of the alert includes list-style formatting, the alert runs successfully.
    • Charting - Literature chart segment record counts no longer differ from the related drilldown result set record counts when the chart uses an Organization field and/or the Conference Proceedings collection.
    • Patent Record View - An invention’s own Application Number no longer automatically appears in the Priority Number (PR) field, it now only appears when no other priority is known. The first choice for Priority Number data in is INID 30 on the patent record. If there is no Priority Number shown in INID 30, then INID 60 is checked. If there is no Priority Number shown in INID 60, then the US provisional is used. If there is no US provisional, then (and only then) the invention’s own Application Number is used.

August 2012

This system has been updated since our last review. During our next scheduled update, this article will be revised to include a description of the newly added content and features.

According to the Thomson Innovation help file, the following updates were added to the system during Release 3.5 in August 2012:[12]

  • Thomson Innovation Scientific Literature Enhancements
  • Alerts for Patents - DWPI and INPADOC family information can now be included in your alerts. The following additional abstract types can now be included in alerts:
    • Abstract (English)
    • Abstract (French)
    • Abstract (German)
    • Abstract (Spanish)
  • Custom Fields - Punctuation characters can now be included in the description of a Custom Field, allowing descriptions to be more meaningful. Single- and multi-select list Custom Fields now let you edit how the list displays after initial creation. You can change from list radio button (for single-select types), from list to check box (for multi-select types), or from radio button/check box to list.
  • Customer Administration - Administrators now have the ability to restrict the use of annotations by individual users or groups of users.
  • Patent Collection Coverage & Updates Schedule Enhancements - The Patent Collection Coverage & Updates schedule has been enhanced to provide these additional data points:
    • For core patent collections, the date PDFs are added to the database (which can be different from the date text is added) is now shown as a separate item on the schedule
    • Corporate Tree update dates are now provided for each collection for which Corporate Tree is available (US & EP granted patents and EP & WIPO applications)
    • Update dates are now shown for the following: EPO Procedural status, US Maintenance status, and US Reassignment
  • Patent & Literature Result Set Filtering Enhancement - For patent and literature result sets, filtering limits have been increased from 25 to 100 for Analyst and Pro users.
  • Patent Search - A search aid/browse tool is now available for ECLA (European Classification) Codes.
  • Watched Records for Patents - Patent Watched Records have been enhanced to (optionally) include any description you enter in the Watched Record email you receive.
  • Native Japanese Patent Search Enhancements
    • Final Date of Duration Field Added - The Final Date of Duration (FDD) field is now available as a subfield of Registration and Post Registration in Native Japanese patent search. This field allows searching on future dates, as the date may be set in advance.
    • Search Legal Status for Available Data - The legal status fields and subfields (Examination, Registration and Post Registration, Trial and Appeal) now allow you to search for any records with available data.
    • Additional Filter Fields - You can now filter the Native Japanese patent search result sets on the following fields: Priority Year, Application Year, FI Code, FI 4 Char Code, F-Term Full Code
  • Native Japanese Patent Export Enhancements
    • Legal Status Information
      • All sub-fields for Examination, Registration, and Trial and Appeal are available.
      • Predefined field sets are available for all three legal status fields in both graphical and text-based exports.
      • A Legal Status Report field set is available for all graphical export formats and includes all fields from Examination, Trial and Appeal, and Registration and Post Registration Report.
      • Graphical exports now allow you to include the following tables from the legal status fields on the Record View: Examination Table, Trial and Appeal Number Table, Registration and Post Registration Table
      • Exported legal status data now matches the record view data exactly.
    • New Export Fields - Front Page Drawing and Front Page Image are now available for both graphical and text-based export formats. These fields provide hyperlinks to the drawings and images in Thomson Innovation.
  • Preferences Changes - The Link to Native Japanese language records option in preferences was moved to the General preferences section from the Result Set preferences.

February 2012

A press release on the Thomson Reuters website gives a more detailed description of updates to the Thomson Innovation platform:[13]

IP professionals, researchers, attorneys, and innovation professionals now have faster access to patent information with accelerated record paging in “Quick View,” which features essential bibliographic information and larger patent drawings. This new feature lets users more effectively screen large amounts of patent data faster, while a “Mark and Next” pagination allows them to quickly flag relevant records.

Additionally, numbered step functionality for key features such as search forms and exporting break complex tasks down into individual components that are easier to understand and perform. A centralized menu bar, more use of tabs, flexible font sizes and larger images of patent drawings offer a cleaner, more modern look for better organization.

Fall 2011

The Thomson Innovation website lists a number of improvements to the search system:[14]

  • A cleaner, more modern interface with better organization
  • Numbered step functionality for key features
  • New universal menu bars that put functions all in one place
  • More use of tabs means less scrolling for the information you need
  • The new quick record view gives you fast one-second-per-record paging
  • Larger images with immediate access to all drawings
  • Better readability with larger text and flexible font sizes
  • Faster ways to review and collect records

September 2011

This system has been updated since our last review. During our next scheduled update, this article will be revised to include a description of the newly added content and features.

According to the Thomson Innovation website:[14]

On September 10, 2011, we released enhancements to Thomson Innovation to bring you additional content and functionality designed to improve the quality and coverage of your patent research and increase your workflow efficiencies.

Highlights include:

  • NewsRoom from Thomson Reuters – We have greatly enhanced the content and functionality of our Business Information and News with the addition of NewsRoom from Thomson Reuters, which replaces the current News and Product collections. NewsRoom on Thomson Innovation completes your view of the IP landscape by delivering the world's most comprehensive collection of news, business and trade publications alongside the industry's most trusted global patent information and scientific literature. You can now:
    • Search over 3,000 trade journals, 97 of the top 100 U.S. newspapers along with major international newspapers, and more than 8,000 other news sources
    • Integrate your search and retrieval with powerful ThemeScape Maps and Clustering to more quickly focus on items that are critical to your IP research
    • Get the most relevant search results with new and enhanced search fields and search aids, improving the quality of your research and your productivity
  • Custom Fields Enhancements – We expanded our industry-leading Custom Fields capability, making it easier for you to integrate your own reviews, classifications and other corporate data with the industry's most trusted global patent information and scientific literature. In addition to fully integrating Custom Fields with all Thomson Innovation tools, the new update lets you:
    • Analyze Custom Field values in Charting, Clustering and Citation Maps, along with global patent data
    • Automatically apply Custom Field values to all records in a DWPI family when a value is added to just one family member
    • Import data from internal company databases into Custom Fields, folder hierarchies and Work Files
    • Utilize colored flags for quick recognition of records with specified values
    • Leverage new field types for even more flexibility, including multi-valued pick lists, check boxes, radio buttons and URLs
  • Canadian Full-Text Coverage – Thomson Innovation now includes Canadian full-text patents, giving you a more complete view of the global patent landscape.
  • Japanese Language Search – We have enhanced our Japanese-language patent collection with the addition of a 25-year backfile of full-text, providing comprehensive prior art searching of granted patents, applications and utility models.

Planned Future Updates

This system has been updated since our last review. During our next scheduled update, this article will be revised to include a description of the newly added content and features.

In November 2010, Thomson Reuters announced an upcoming Japanese interface. The interface will allow users to search Japanese patents using Japanese language queries. The interface will also include global collections, allowing users to link to Japanese equivalents from global family members of interest, and vice-versa. A search-assist feature will also be available to help with query construction.

More information can be found in the press release, at

November 2010

This system has been updated since our last review. During our next scheduled update, this article will be revised to include a description of the newly added content and features.

Thomson Innovation now offers internal tagging and classification features to allow users to build in-house collections categorized based on their internal taxonomies.

More information can be found in the press release, at

July 2009

An official summary of these features may be found on the Thomson Innovation website, at

In July of 2009, Thomson Innovation 2.2 was released. The following features were added to the product:

  • Full text machine-assisted English translations of Korean applications, granted patents and examined applications, and utility models from January 2008 have been added to the database.
  • Users can now search the full text Japanese collections using Japanese File Index (FI) codes and F-terms.
  • The citation map feature can now be customized by allowing users to selectively hide nodes on the map. See Citation Mapping for more information about this feature.
  • New collaboration features have been added, giving users the flexibility to set sharing permissions at the item or folder level, and allowing users to share saved items within "groups" of users (while retaining the ability to share at the company-wide or individual user levels).

Also in July, Thomson announced a new "combined offering" of Westlaw Patents + Thomson Innovation. Westlaw is a notable research service for legal professionals. More details about Westlaw Patents itself are available on the West website. The official press release is here.

April 2009

An official summary of the new features may be found on the Thomson Innovation website, at

In April of 2009, Thomson Innovation version 2.1 was released. The new version features:

  • The inclusion of full text English machine-assisted translations for Japanese utility models through January 2008.
  • An on-the-fly machine translation engine that can support a range of starting and ending languages.
  • The ability to link to Thomson Innovation records or PDF copies of patent documents from PDF data exports.
  • The ability to view and browse patent drawings in Microsoft Excel spreadsheet format.
  • New search options for the Derwent World Patents Index file that allow users to search for basics only, or basics and equivalents. New search options for searching assignee codes, and the ability to search country and kind code within the same field, are also available in the DWPI file.
  • Interactive citation mapping for non-patent literature, including timeline views for patent and literature citation maps.
  • The ability to search the node text within patent and literature citation maps.

December 2008

In December of 2008, Thomson Innovation version 2.0 was released. The new version includes:

  • New hand-translated collections of Chinese patent applications and utility models back to 2007. (See the China section of this article's data coverage section for more information).
  • New analysis tools, including:
  • Text Clustering, a tool which uses linguistic analysis to group patents into related keyword clusters.
  • Themescape maps, which are "topographical" contour maps that visually represent clusters or "peaks" of subject matter over a large patent landscape.
  • New account management tools, including:
  • The ability to create "profiles" for different user groups
  • The ability to control default settings
  • The ability to restrict access to pay-per-use transactions, such as downloading file histories
  • User ID management tools to automatically delete disabled accounts

See Other Features for more information on these account management tools.

  • New alerting feature: the e-mail PDF report format for alerts was made available for business and literature searches (previously could only be used with patent searches). See Alerts for more information.

November 2008

In November 2008, Thomson Reuters announced the release of a new Japanese user interface for Thomson Innovation.

Future Updates

Possible upcoming new features may include literature citation mapping and assigning weighted values to highlighting terms.


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  6. "Release Notes." Thomson Innovation website, Accessed January 29, 2013.
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