Collections and Coverage

 

Patent Collection Update Schedule

See the patent Collection Coverage & Update schedule for information on the most recent and next scheduled updates to individual patent collections.

 

Overview of Collection Information

An outstanding variety of patent sources are available for searching, analyzing, and reporting.  Following is a high-level summary of the contents of the collections.  Click the linked names of the collections for a more detailed description.

 

Collections Summarized

Patents

Business

Literature

US Granted
US granted patents 1836-present, full text, language: English

Company
Essential details about company ownership, location, trading activities, multiple year financial information, and annual reports

Web of Science
Thomson Scientific product offering retrospective searching of scientific literature; Science Citation Index 1987-present; Social Sciences Citation Index 1987-present; Arts and Humanities Citation Index 1987-present

US Applications
US patent applications March 2001-present, full text, language: English

Market
Article and report summaries covering many aspects of industry and economic indicators

Current Contents Connect
Complete bibliographic information from over 8,000 leading scholarly journals and more than 2,000 books, 1998-present

European Granted
European granted patents (EP B) 1980-present, potentially 31 countries, full text, language: 60% English, 30% German, 10% French

Product
Information about ownership of products and coverage of press releases relating to product launches and other product-related news

ISI Proceedings
Thomson Scientific product covering over 4 million papers from over 60,000 conferences, includes both the Science & Technology and Social Science & Humanities editions, 1990-present

European Applications
European patent applications (EP A) 1978-present, potentially 31 countries, full text, language: 60% English, 30% German, 10% French

News
Retrospective coverage of market, company, product, and industry news

Inspec
Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) bibliographic database with 9 million records, covering 4,000 scientific journals, 2,000 conferences, plus books, reports, and dissertations, 1898-present

Derwent World Patents Index (DWPI)
Enhanced patent data 1963-present, over 41 worldwide patenting authorities, 15 million inventions, 33 million patents, full text, language: English

Research
Summaries of the type of research conducted; summary of affiliated government agencies for research organizations and universities; directories of funding groups and organizations

 

German Granted
German granted patents (DE C) 1968-present, full text, language: German

 

 

German Applications
German patent applications (DE A) 1968-present, full text, language: German

 

 

German Utility Models
German utility models (DE U) 1983-present, full text, language: German

 

 

WIPO Applications
Published international patent applications WO (PCT) 1978-present, full text, language: 70% English, 15% German, 5% French, 1% Spanish

 

 

British Applications
British patent applications (GB A) 1916-present, full text, language: English

 

 

French Applications
French patent applications (FR A) 1971-present, full text, language: French

 

 

Japanese Applications
Japanese patent applications (JP A), full text 2003-present, bibliographic 1976-2003, language: English (Machine Assisted Translations)

 

 

Japanese Granted
Japanese granted patents (JP B), full text 2005-present, limited coverage 1998-2004, language: English (Machine Assisted Translations)

 

 

Korean Applications
Korean patent applications (KR A), bibliographic, unexamined applications from 2000-present; bibliographic, examined applications from1979-present, language: English

 

 

Korean Granted
Korean granted patents (KR B), bibliographic, 1979-present, language: English

 

 

Other Authorities
INPADOC, data covering 60+ countries in addition to those shown as individual collections, bibliographic 1920-present, language: English

 

 

 

Patent Collection Details

US Granted

Description:  US granted patents

Dates covered:  1836-present

Data type:  Full text

Language:  English

Update frequency:  Weekly

Source:  United States Patent and Trademark Office

Prior to 2000, US Granted patents were Kind A. Since 2000, Kind is B1 if the granted patent is the first publication, and B2 if there was a pre-grant publication.

Design patents do not have abstracts.

US Classification is updated 6 times/year.

Front-page drawing coverage: 1997 to date - comprehensive, pre-1997 - partial. (Exception: US Design patents have comprehensive front-page drawing coverage).

 

US Applications

Description:  US patent applications

Dates covered:  March 2001-present

Data type:  Full text

Language:  English

Update frequency:  Weekly

Source:  United States Patent and Trademark Office

US Applications were first published in March 2001 they are often referred to as pre-grant publications.

A1 is a patent application.

A2 is a republication of a patent application.

US Classification is updated 6 times/year.

Assignee information is often unavailable at this stage.

Front-page drawing coverage: 2001 to date comprehensive.

 

European Granted

Description:  European granted patents (EP B) from potentially 31 countries

Dates covered:  1980-present

Data type:  Full text

Language:  60% English, 30% German, 10% French

Update frequency:  Weekly

Source:  European Patent Office

European Patent Office (EPO) is a regional Patent Office, potentially offering protection in 31 countries

Claims are available in 3 languages (French, German, English).

Abstracts are carried over from the "A" record.

Drawings are not included.

Front-page drawing coverage: 1997 to date - comprehensive, pre-1997 - partial. (For Euro-PCT publications, the drawing from the corresponding PCT publication is displayed.)

 

European Applications

Description:  European patent applications (EP A) from potentially 31 countries

Dates covered:  1978-present

Data type:  Full text

Language:  60% English, 30% German, 10% French

Update frequency:  Weekly

Source:  European Patent Office

European Patent Office (EPO) is a regional Patent Office, potentially offering protection in 31 countries.

PCT applications entering the European phase are republished by the EPO only when the PCT document is in a language other than English, French, or German. Therefore, most Euro-PCTs in the EP database include only front-page data. For this reason, it is advisable to include the PCT database in any EP full text search. (In recent years, more than half of EP applications have been filed through PCT.)

When you are viewing an EP record that has a PCT equivalent, the record will refer to the PCT Publication Number.

Front-page drawing coverage: 1997 to date - comprehensive, pre-1997 - partial. (For Euro-PCT publications, the drawing from the corresponding PCT publication is displayed.)

 

Derwent World Patents Index (DWPISM)

Description:  Enhanced patent data from over 40 worldwide patenting authorities, 15 million inventions, 33 million patents covered, see full coverage and other pertinent information at the Thomson Scientific Support Center

Dates covered:  1963-present

Data type:  Full text

Language:  English

Update frequency:  Approximately every 3 days

Source:  Thomson Scientific

DWPI covers more than 15 million inventions from over 40 different international patent-issuing authorities. More than 350 industry specialists in Chemistry, Engineering, Life Science, and Electronics do the classification and indexing. DWPI experts review approximately 27,000 patent documents every week. There are 33 million patent documents currently in the database and 1.5 million records are added each year.  DWPI helps simplify and speed your research by providing, among other important features, patent titles and abstracts written in English using clear, consistent, industry-specific terms.

Rewritten patent titles:  More comprehensive titles allow you to quickly identify which patents are important to your work. Using patent data from 41 patent-issuing authorities, Derwent subject experts rewrite original patent titles to make them easier to understand and more meaningful and, most significantly, to highlight what is new and unique about each invention.

English abstracts of the original patent:  Concise abstracts let you zero in on what makes one patent different from another. Derwent subject matter experts craft 250-500 word English abstracts from patent documents issued in over 30 different languages. Derwent abstracts summarize the claims and disclosures of the inventions and highlight the novelty, use and advantages for each invention.

Sophisticated classification system:  With detailed classification searching, you can quickly and easily narrow in on the most relevant patents. Derwent experts employ a sophisticated proprietary system to classify and index the patent records using a wide range of industry, proprietary, and scientific codes. A key benefit of the Derwent classification scheme is that Derwent experts emphasize both the novelty and use of an invention. This process brings you much closer to the real meaning and importance of an invention.  And, by allowing you to conduct searches using both Derwent codes and the International Patent Classification (IPC) codes, it is easy for you to leverage the philosophies of the different classification systems to get a more relevant result.

Patent Family information with identification of non-conventional equivalents:  Patent families allow you to see all patents related to the same invention. For a given invention, Derwent gathers patent documents from over 40 patent issuing authorities and then provides this information in a concise Patent Family Table for that invention. The Derwent Patent Family also identifies the non-conventional equivalents that occur when a patent is filed outside of the priority deadline. Because of this, you will see all the patents related to the same invention, not just those patents with the same priority date.

 

German Granted

Description:  German granted patents (DE C)

Dates covered:  1968-present

Data type:  Full text

Language:  German

Update frequency:  Weekly

Source:  German Patent and Trademark Office

Entire document, including title and abstract, is in German language.

Pre-2004 coverage includes C1 documents, which are Patent Specifications (Patentschrift or PS) that have not been published at the application stage, and C2 documents, which are Patent Specifications (Patentschrift or PS) that were previously published as A1s.

2004 to date coverage includes B3, which are first publication of application (Patentchrift), B4, which is second publication of application, and C5, which is amended to grant.

Umlauted vowels have been converted to the 2-character equivalent, e.g., oe, ae, ue.

The s-set () character should be searched as a double 's'.

Front-page drawing coverage: 2004 to date - comprehensive.

 

German Applications

Description:  German patent applications (DE A)

Dates covered:  1968-present

Data type:  Full text

Language:  German

Update frequency:  Weekly

Source:  German Patent and Trademark Office

Entire document, including title and abstract, is in German language.

Coverage includes A1 documents, which are Unexamined Patent Applications (Offenlegungsschrift or OS).

Umlauted vowels have been converted to the 2-character equivalent, e.g., oe, ae, ue.

The s-set ()character should be searched as a double 's.'

Front-page drawing coverage: 2004 to date - comprehensive.

 

German Utility Models

Description:  German utility models (DE U)

Dates covered:  1983-present

Data type:  Full text

Language:  German

Update frequency:  Weekly

Source:  German Patent and Trademark Office

Utility models (Gebrauchsmuster). Kind is U1.

Pre-2004 utility model records contain only bibliographic information. Abstracts and full text are not available except in 2004 to date.

Inventors are not listed.

 

WIPO Applications

Description:  Published international patent applications WO (PCT)

Dates covered:  1978-present

Data type:  Full text (91%); bibliographic data only (9%)

Language:  70% English, 15% German, 5% French, 1% Spanish, 9% other

Update frequency:  Weekly

Source:  World Intellectual Property Organization

Text for PCT Applications has been created by Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software. A small percentage of records are absent because they failed to scan. These documents are being reprocessed and added to the database.

Front-page drawing coverage: 1997 to date - comprehensive, pre-1997 partial.

 

British Applications

Description:  British patent applications (GB A)

Dates covered:  1916-present

Data type:  Full text

Language:  English

Update frequency:  Weekly

Source:  The UK Patent Office

Abstracts are available for GB records from 1999 to date only.

Text of GB Applications was created by OCR (Optical Character Recognition). Some misinterpreted characters should be expected.

Front-page drawing coverage: none.

 

French Applications

Description:  French patent applications (FR A)

Dates covered:  1971-present

Data type:  Full text

Language:  French

Update frequency:  Biweekly

Source:  French Patent Office (INPI) or the European Patent Office (EPO)

Coverage is published applications only, including both A1 (published patent applications) and A3 (published utility model applications), and other A-level publications.

Bibliographic data, including abstracts, is provided electronically from the French Patent Office (INPI) or the European Patent Office (EPO.

Text sections are created using OCR (Optical Character Recognition), and some misinterpreted characters should be expected.

Accented characters are indexed without accents; search terms entered with accents will be converted to an unaccented character.

Front-page drawing coverage: 1992 to date - comprehensive.

 

Japanese Applications

Description:  Japanese patent applications (JP A)

Dates covered:  Full text 2003-present; bibliographic 1976-2003

Data type:  Full text & bibliographic

Language:  English (Machine Assisted Translations)

Update frequency:  Monthly

Source:  Patent data from the Japan Patent Office (JPO), translation by Thomson Scientific

 

Japanese Granted

Description:  Japanese granted patents (JP B)

Dates covered:  Full text 2005-present; limited coverage 1998-2004

Data type:  Full text

Language:  English (Machine Assisted Translations)

Update frequency:  Monthly

Source:  Patent data from the Japan Patent Office (JPO), translation by Thomson Scientific

 

Korean Applications

Description:  Korean patent applications (KR A)

Dates covered:  Bibliographic, unexamined applications from 2000-present; bibliographic, examined applications 1979-present

Language: English

Source: KIPI

 

Korean Granted

Description:  Korean granted patents (KR B)

Dates covered: Bibliographic, 1979-present

Language: English

Source: KIPI

 

Other Authorities

Description:  INPADOC data covering 60+ countries in addition to those shown as individual collections, see complete details of coverage at the EPO Patent Center

Dates covered:  Bibliographic, 1920-present

Language: English

Source: European Patent Office (EPO)

 

Business Collection Details

Company

Description:  Essential details about company ownership, location, trading activities, multiple year financial information, and annual reports

Use it to:  Find pertinent details on companies

Source:  Thomson Gale Group Company Information

Dates covered:  Current

Update frequency:  Daily

File size:  379,319 companies as of January 2006

Gale Group Company Intelligence, a combined directory and company news file published by The Gale Group, contains current address, financial, and marketing information on more than 140,000 private and public U.S. companies and 30,000 international companies. Over 130,000 of the U.S. companies are listed in the eight-volume set of the 1998 Ward's Business Directory. The international company directory records are derived from print directories published by Graham & Whiteside Limited of London. The database contains headquarter, single-location, and division information for both U.S. and international companies.

The database also contains up to 10 of the most recent news references on each company found in over 5,000 journals, magazines, and newspapers indexed by The Gale Group. Indication of full-text availability and the location of additional citations are listed in each record.

Companies included in Gale Group Company Intelligence are not subject to any minimum revenue criteria. The database covers all types of commercial and industrial companies, more than 90% of which are privately held. Emerging companies reported for the first time in the news are posted in the database as "flash" records within as little as 24 hours. The full company record follows soon after. News stories are obtained from other Gale databases on DIALOG.

 

Market

Description:  Article and report summaries covering many aspects of industry and economic indicators

Use it to:  Find pertinent details on companies

Source:  Thomson Gale TableBase

Dates covered:  1997-present

Update frequency:  Weekly, approximately 1,000 records per month

File size:  97,481 records as of January 2006

TableBase database contains tabular information dealing with companies, products, industries, brands, markets, demographics, and countries from around the world. All records contain a table and the originating textual article when available. The table is the focus of this database. Every table is enhanced with an informative table title and indexing for easy retrieval.

TableBase is international in scope and covers 90 industries. The tabular data is derived from privately published statistical annuals, data from trade associations, non-profit research groups, government agencies, international organizations, industry reports prepared by investment research groups, and source publications. 

Information in the file covers current year, historical data, time series, and forecasts for:

  • Rankings

  • Industry and Product Forecasts

  • Market Share

  • Sales and Company forecasts

  • Production and Consumption

  • Output and Capacity

  • Imports and Exports

  • Shipments

  • Market Size

  • Market Trends

  • Price Trends

  • Demographics

 

Product

Description:  Information about ownership of products and coverage of press releases relating to product launches and other product-related news

Use it to:  Find the complete text of product related corporate press releases

Source:  Thomson Gale TableBase

Dates covered:  1985-present

Update frequency:  Daily

File size:  3,280,463 records as of February 2006

Gale Group New Product Announcements/Plus (NPA/PLUS) contains the full text of press releases from all industries covering announcements related to products, with a focus on new products and services. In addition to product descriptions, press releases generally contain key details about new products and technologies, including technical specifications, availability, uses, licensing agreements, distribution channels, and prices. Company contacts and phone numbers are provided to allow follow-up by interested parties. The press releases contained in the NPA/PLUS database are obtained directly from the product manufacturer, distributor, or an authorized marketing representative.

The NPA/PLUS database provides information on the introduction of new products and services in all areas, including:

  • Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries

  • Apparel and Related Products

  • Chemicals and Allied Products

  • Communications

  • Electric/Electronic Machinery Equipment

  • Financial Services

  • Food and Kindred Products

  • Furniture

  • Instruments and Related Products

  • Leather and Products

  • Medical and Health Services

  • Metals and Fabricated Metal Products

  • Mining and Extractive Industries

  • Ordnance

  • Other Kinds of Manufacturing

  • Paper and Allied Products

  • Petroleum and Energy Products

  • Printing and Publishing

  • Rubber and Allied Products

  • Sciences

  • Service Industries

  • Stone, Clay, and Glass Products

  • Textile Mill Products

  • Tobacco Products

  • Transportation

  • Transport Equipment

  • Wood and Wood Products

 

News

Description:  Retrospective coverage of market, company, product, and industry news

Use it to:  Find breaking news, to keep current on continuing stories, to find information on regions of the world

Source:  Dialog NewsRoom

Dates covered:  2000 to most current 3-4 months

Update frequency:  Most current: Multiple times per day; 2006: Intra-day, number of records vary; 2000-20005:  Irregular

File size:  3,280,463 records as of February 2006

Dialog NewsRoom is a comprehensive, global news source that covers the leading newspapers, business magazines, and newswires from all regions of the world, including emerging markets. This robust database is comprised of abstracts and fulltext records from the world's important trade, business, and scholastic journals, local newspapers, regional business publications, national and international business newspapers, industry newsletters, broadcast transcripts, and corporate news releases.

Dialog NewsRoom is enhanced with rich indexing that enables highly specific retrieval of relevant articles.

The database contains a wide variety of sources compiling 11,000 different publications in one place. Publications found in Dialog NewsRoom include the full text of The New York Times and The Financial Times combined with a deep collection of newswires, newspapers, and business publications. All sources are continually updated to maximize your online research effectiveness.

Dialog NewsRoom covers a wide variety of topics including:

  • Accounting

  • European Community

  • Advertising

  • Food and Beverages

  • Aerospace and Defense

  • Health Care Services

  • Agriculture

  • Investments

  • Automotive

  • Marketing

  • Banking and Finance

  • Petroleum

  • Biotechnology

  • Pharmaceuticals

  • Chemicals

  • Politics

  • Computers

  • Publishing

  • Electronics

  • Retailing

  • Energy Products

  • Software

  • Engineering

  • Telecommunications

  • Economic News

  • Transportation

Geographic coverage is worldwide, including:

  • Western Europe

  • East Asia

  • Central Europe

  • South East Asia

  • Eastern Europe

  • South Asia

  • North America

  • Australasia

  • Central America

  • Middle East

  • South America

  • Africa

 

Research

Description:  Summaries of the type of research conducted; summary of affiliated government agencies for research organizations and universities; directories of funding groups and organizations

Use it to:  Identify worldwide organizations conducting research or providing research services

Source:  Gale Group Research Centers and Services Directory

Dates covered:  Current file corresponds to this year's print edition of the directory

Update frequency:  Annual (reload)

File size:  31,754 organizations as of January 2006

The Research Centers and Services Directory is a comprehensive source of detailed information on over 27,500 organizations conducting research worldwide. It corresponds to the print Research Centers Directory family of publications: Research Centers Directory,which covers over 14,000 university-based and other nonprofit research facilities in the U.S. and Canada;International Research Centers Directory, which covers over 9,700 non-U.S. research organizations in approximately 145 countries; Government Research Directory, which covers more than 5,500 research units of the U.S. and Canadian federal governments, and New Research Centers, an inter edition update covering some 800 newly identified research centers. The Research Centers and Services Directory database provides full contact information and descriptions of university, independent nonprofit, government, and commercial research and development centers, institutes, laboratories, bureaus, test facilities, experiment stations, research parks, foundations, councils, and other organizations that support and conduct research worldwide.

Research units in nearly every field of research activity are described. Organizations from Research Centers Directory are grouped into the following general categories (numbers refer to corresponding section heading codes:

  • Agricultural, Food, and Veterinary Sciences (01)

  • Astronomy and Space Sciences (04)

  • Behavioral and Social Sciences (12)

  • Biological and Environmental Sciences (02)

  • Business and Economics (08)

  • Computers and Mathematics (05)

  • Education (13)

  • Engineering and Technology (06)

  • Government and Public Affairs (09)

  • Humanities and Religion (14)

  • Law (11)

  • Labor and Industrial Relations (10)

  • Medical and Health Sciences (03)

  • Multidisciplinary Programs (16)

  • Physical and Earth Sciences (07)

  • Regional and Area Studies (15)

  • Research Coordinating Offices and Research Parks (17)

 

 

Literature Collection Details

Web of Science

Description:  Thomson Scientific product offering retrospective searching of scientific literature

Use it to:  Find current and retrospective science, social sciences, and arts and humanities information

Source:  Thomson Scientific

Dates covered:  Science Citation Index 1987-present; Social Sciences Citation Index 1987-present; Arts and Humanities Citation Index 1987-present

Update frequency:  Weekly

File size:  38 million records

With Web of Science, researchers at your institution can find current and retrospective science, social sciences, and arts and humanities information from nearly 9,300 of the most prestigious, high impact research journals in the world.

Web of Science provides access to all significant items within each research journal covered, including articles, bibliographies, book reviews, corrections and additions, discussions, editorials, fiction and prose, items about individuals, letters, meeting abstracts, notes, poetry, review papers, and reviews of computer software, hardware, and databases.

Web of Science contains over 38 million records and provides over 1.5 million records and more than 23 million cited references per year from more than 230 disciplines in science, the social sciences, and the arts and humanities.

 

Current Contents Connect

Description:  Complete bibliographic information from over 8,000 leading scholarly journals and more than 2,000 books

Use it to:  Find current research literature

Source:  Thomson Scientific

Dates covered:  1998-present

Update frequency:  Data is updated daily, per business week

Current Contents Connect is a multidisciplinary current awareness resource providing access to complete bibliographic information from over 8,000 of the world's leading scholarly journals and more than 2,000 books.

Researchers will benefit from a powerful searching and browsing environment that helps them to stay up to date in their specialties.

Provides a complete picture of today's global research with the combination of comprehensive coverage of both journal and Web literature.

Saves time by providing a variety of research data including author abstracts, author addresses, and more information per bibliographic record than in other resources.

 

ISI ProceedingsSM

Description:  Thomson Scientific product covering over 4 million papers from over 60,000 conferences, includes both the Science & Technology and Social Science & Humanities editions

Use it to:  Find proceedings literature

Source:  Thomson Scientific

Dates covered:  1990-present

Update frequency:  Weekly

ISI Proceedings helps researchers access the published literature from the most significant conferences, symposia, seminars, colloquia, workshops, and conventions worldwide, so they can track emerging ideas and new research beyond what is covered in journal literature. Approximately 70% of the information in ISI Proceedings is not covered in scientific journals, so this rich resource helps users discover research ideas as they are first presented.

With enhanced coverage of books and meeting abstracts, especially in key areas such as engineering, chemistry, physics, and biology, this resource enables users to explore developing concepts via two editions, Science & Technology, and Social Sciences & Humanities:

ISI Proceedings users can:

 

Inspec

Description:  Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) bibliographic database

Use it to:  Find relevant journal articles, conference papers and other documents for current awareness, new product information, technological forecasting, competitive intelligence, or patent-related searching

Source:  Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

Dates covered:  1898-present

Update frequency:  Weekly

File size:  9.5 million records

Inspec, the world's leading bibliographic information service providing access to the world's scientific and technical literature, is produced by The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). Updated weekly, it provides current, in-depth, global coverage of the technical literature in physics, electrical engineering, electronics, communications, control engineering, computers, computing, information technology, manufacturing and production engineering.

Inspec is the leading English-language bibliographic information service providing access to the world's scientific and technical literature in physics, electrical engineering, electronics, communications, control engineering, computers and computing, information technology, production, manufacturing and mechanical engineering.