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Patents: Further information

Patent tools

See the Forest is a freely available Patent analytic tool

Cooperative Patent Classification(CPC) is the result of a partnership between the EPO and the USPTO in their joint effort to develop a common, internationally compatible classification system for technical documents, in particular patent publications, which will be used by both offices in the patent granting process.

International Patent Classification (IPC) is a classification system for patents. Can be useful when searching databases.

Patent Information Vendor Sites lists commercial and non-profit providers offering free patent information databases online, assembled by the Patent Information Users Group. It includes links to services of value in patent searching, patent information, patent documentation, patent document delivery, and patent publishing.

Patent Translate is a machine translation service for patent documents in 32 languages from the EPO and Google. It provides translations from and into English, French and German.

e-Tutorial on Using and Exploiting Patent Information (WIPO)  is a  free online tutorial includes three parts: Patent Basics; Patent Search and Retrieval; and Patent Analysis.

PatSnap is an IP discovery and intelligence tool.

PatentsView is an award-winning visualization, data dissemination, and analysis platform that focuses on intellectual property (IP) data.

Useful Links

Patent Offices

Directory of Intellectual Property Offices

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is the official government body responsible for granting Intellectual Property rights in the United Kingdom.


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