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PATDPA database updates to end in June 2011

May  19th,   2011

The German patent database PATDPA will no longer be updated after June.

PATDPA is a patent database covering all patent publications related to Germany (DE-, EP- and PCT-publications) which has been operated in close cooperation between FIZ Karlsruhe and the German Patent and Trademark Office (GPTO) for more than 20 years. The GPTO will stop production of the data format required for PATDPA in June 2011. PATDPA will be kept as a closed database for the time being.

Which alternative patent databases can be recommended to customers?

PATDPA is widely used for bibliographic patent searches and state of the art searches related to Germany. Customers also use the database for patent monitoring, statistical analyses, and specific legal status searches. In general, the INPADOC databases INPADOCDB/INPAFAMDB and also the patent fulltext files PATDPAFULL, EPFULL and PCTFULL can be used instead.

Depending on the kind of search, the following is recommended:

 

Search Request

Recommended Patent Databases (/search field)

patent assignee and inventor names

INPAFAMDB (/PA, /PAS, /IN, /INS)

INPAFAMDB (/LSPA, /LSIN: includes reassignments and name corrections)

EPFULL (/PA, /IN)

EPFULL (/PAAO, /INAO: includes old names)

International patent classification

INPAFAMDB (/IPC)

keyword searches in title and abstract

INPAFAMDB

keyword searches including claims and patent fulltext

PATDPAFULL, EPFULL, PCTFULL

legal status information

INPADOCDB, EPFULL

patent family information

INPAFAMDB

address data of patent assignees and inventors

PATDPAFULL* (/PA, /IN, /PA.CNY, /IN.CNY)

EPFULL (/PAA, /PA.CNY, /INA, /IN.CNY, etc.)

PCTFULL (/PAA, /PA.CNY, /INA, /IN.CNY, etc.)

INPAFAMDB (/PA.CNY, /IN.CNY)

agent names and address data

PATDPAFULL* (/AG)

EPFULL (/AG, /AGA, /AG.CNY, etc.)

PCTFULL (/AG, /AGA, etc.)

supplementary protection certificates**

INPADOCDB, PATDPASPC

patent citations

INPADOCDB, EPFULL, DPCI

display of first page images

PATDPAFULL, EPFULL, PCTFULL, INPAFAMDB***

opponent names

EPFULL (/OP)

INPADOCDB (/LSOP)

* in PATDPAFULL the fields PA, IN and AG include names and address data

** Information on German supplementary protection certificates can be found in the legal status of the parent patent in INPADOCDB; moreover, INPADOCDB provides bibliographic and legal status data for German SPCs (DE I1 and DE I2 publications); additional information like product names and drug approval numbers can be found in PATDPASPC

*** First page images for 7 major countries are available in INPADOCDB/INPAFAMDB until the end of March 2011; official release of INPADOC images will be soon

For customer support or help shifting SDIs from PATDPA to other patent databases on STN, please contact the customer Center.

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