Research Tools: European Patent Office Launches New Espacenet, Improving Access to World’s Largest Free Collection Of Patent Documents
From the European Patent Office:
The European Patent Office (EPO) has today released the new Espacenet, a substantially revised and improved version of the Office’s patent information search tool. New Espacenet’s state-of-the-art features and enhanced functionality will make it even easier for users to conduct patent searches and access over 110 million patent documents from all over the world free-of-charge.
Since the release of the original Espacenet in 1998, the tool’s primary purpose has been to connect EPO users with the most up-to-date patent records from all regions. The addition of the Patent Translate feature, which provides high-quality, instant translations from English, French and German into 32 European and Asian languages, already enhanced the access Espacenet provides to information in recent years.
The latest version of Espacenet offers several new features, including:
- A dynamic query builder for easier searching
- A richer, cleaner and quicker result list
- Results filtering
- An improved legal status overview covering the entire patent family
- Responsive design for searching across devices
The new filtering tool shows the most frequently occurring classifications, applicants, inventors, authorities, and allows users to refine a query for improved search results. The “Advanced search” feature is flexible and dynamic, and empowers users to build customised, complex Boolean queries combining a wide range of bibliographic fields while graphically visualising the logical relations. Users can now switch between the “Advanced search” and “Smart search” modes at any time without losing a search.
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Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.