Report:WIPS Global/Data Coverage/Summary

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Summary

Full and Partial Text Collections

The following coverage dates were obtained from the system's user guide materials and represent the reported start dates for each collection. Please note that gaps in coverage may exist in any collection due to a number of factors, such as missing documents, scanning errors, Optical Character Recognition (OCR) errors, and even failure of national and regional patent offices to report data. No data source can be considered 100% complete, and searchers should consult as many unique data sources as possible.

The coverage in the table below is full text unless otherwise specified. [1]

Code Document Types Dates of Coverage
United States (US) Published Applications From March 15, 2001
Granted Patents From January 06, 1976
European Patent Office (EP) Published Applications (EP-A) From December 20, 1978
 Granted Patents (EP-B)   From January 09, 1980  
Patent Cooperation Treaty (WO/PCT) Published PCT Applications (Bibliography, Abstract, Full-Image, Legal Status, Representative Drawings, Standardized Applicant's Name & Code (by WIPS)) From October 19, 1978
Germany (DE) Published Applications (Bibliography, Abstract, Legal Status, Representative Drawings, Full Image) March 17, 1966 – November 28, 2003
United Kingdom (GB) Published Applications (Bibliography, Abstract, Legal Status, Representative Drawings, Full Image) July 28, 1971 – November 28, 2003
France (FR) Published Applications (Bibliography, Abstract, Legal Status, Representative Drawings, Full Image) Feburary 20, 1970 – November 28, 2003
Switzerland (CH) Published Applications (Bibliography, Abstract, Legal Status, Representative Drawings, Full Image) December 29, 1974 – November 28, 2003
Japan (JP) Unexamined Applications (Patent Abstracts of Japan;Bibliography, Abstract, Full-Image, Representative Drawings, F-TERM, FI, Standardized Applicant's Name & Code (by WIPS), Theme Code) From October 1, 1976*
Republic of Korea (KR) Unexamined Applications (Korea Patent Abstract; bibliography, abstract) From January 15, 2000*
Examined Applications (Korea Patent Abstract; bibliography, abstract) From January 01, 1979*
Unexamined Applications (Korea Patent Index; Bibliography, Representative Drawings, Family Info) From March 25, 1983
Examined Applications (Korea Patent Index; Bibliography, Representative Drawings, Family Info) From July 12, 1979
Utility Models Unexamined Applications (Korea Patent Index; Bibliography, Representative Drawings, Family Info) From March 25, 1983
Utility Models Examined Applications (Korea Patent Index; Bibliography, Representative Drawings, Family Info) From July 11, 1979
China (CN) Published Applications (Bibliography, Abstract, Full Image (1985 ~ 2006)) From September 10, 1985*
Utility Models (Bibliography, Abstract, Full Image (1985 ~ 2006)) From September 10, 1985*
INPADOC Bibliography, Abstract, Legal Status, Full Image From January 1, 1968

*Lag time may occur between publication of the document and upload of the document data to WIPS. See the Updates section for more information.


editors note iconEditor's Note:

Several data sources have large gaps in coverage. For Korean (KR), Chinese (CN), Japanese (JP) data, the small gap between the most recent documents and the current date appears to be due to the lag time by the patent offices in translating the data into English. For Global Patent Project (G-PAT) countries (DE, FR, GB, CH), this coverage has not been expanded since it was stopped on WIPS Global in 2003.[2]


Other Coverage

Citations:
WIPS provides forward and backward citations for US granted patents only (note: backward citations are not printed on US published applications), and backward citations for EP granted patents only (note: backward citations are not printed on EP published applications). WIPS also includes citations by examiner for US documents since 2002.

The system also contains non-patent literature references when available.

Legal Status:
The service includes the EPO-produced INPADOC legal file. The information is displayed where available when viewing an individual document.

Family Data:
The system uses WIPS family data which consists of extended INPADOC data, along with data from continuing, continuation-in-part, and divisional applications. The WIPS family model is specific to WIPS and is not licensed from (or provided to) other search systems, although similar family models may be used in other products.

Document Images:
Representative images are displayed when viewing an individual record; full document images can be downloaded and then viewed in PDF files. The PIView viewer (downloaded from the WIPS website and previously used to view full document images; see the Viewing Patent Drawings for more details) is no longer necessary to use when viewing patent images.


Bibliographic Coverage

WIPS contains the INPADOC bibliographic and family data file (also known as the DOCDB file). This is a bibliographic, family and legal status database, now produced by the EPO. (The database contains electronic bibliographic data only; document images available in WIPS are provided by linking to patents available under another database.) The INPADOC bibliographic file contains records for documents from 96 countries and patenting authorities.[3] Coverage for some countries is provided from 1/1/1968 at the earliest, to present.

WIPS also produces bibliographic and representative image data for Korean unexamined applications, examined applications, and utility models. This file is called the Korean Patent Index (KPI), and the data coverage present in it is summarized in the Data Coverage table at the beginning of this section. The need for the Korean Patent Index is also discussed in the Korean Data Coverage section of this article.

Finally, please note that gaps in coverage may exist in any collection due to a number of factors, such as missing documents, scanning errors, OCR errors, and even failure of national and regional patent offices to report data. No data source can be considered 100% complete, and searchers should consult as many unique data sources as possible. See the following articles for a discussion of unique worldwide bibliographic and family data collections, such as INPADOC, the Derwent World Patents Index, and CAplus, which may also contain Korean bibliographic data collections.


Sources

  1. "WIPS Data Coverage." WIPS Global website, http://www.wipsglobal.com/WG_Search/Main_content/FuncNDB/DB_Wipsdata.asp. Accessed on October 20, 2011.
  2. Email reference with a WIPS Global representative. Received February 2, 2012.
  3. "INPADOC/Family and Legal Status." Dialog website, http://library.dialog.com/bluesheets/html/bl0345.html. Accessed August 10, 2011.
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