|MicroPatent, a provider of global intellectual property (IP) information,
has announced the release of the World Patent & Trademark Exchange
(WPT-X), a new service for listing and searching IP that's available for
commercialization. The company has also announced the launch of its Worksheets
workspace, which is available in MicroPatent's PatSearch FullText.
Searching through WPT-X is free and takes place within the PatSearch
FullText environment. Users can search Licensable Only patents, Technology
Descriptions, or both. The first option generates a list of patents within
the MicroPatent full-text collection that meet the specified strategy.
Technology Descriptions include patents that are not part of MicroPatent's
existing data collection, unpatented technologies, umbrella descriptions
of technologies that have associated patents, and the marketing or promotional
summaries that licensers submit to augment their properties.
Users who do not have a MicroPatent subscription can search WPT-X by
registering for free to obtain a login name and password. They can then
access WPT-X via the "Quick Login" on that site or directly from MicroPatent
by selecting the WPT-X button from the Login page menu.
Listing on WPT-X is also free through June 30, 2002. Licensers must
have a MicroPatent login name and password. Once registered, a licenser
completes a form for each property to be listed. Enhanced descriptions
and marketing information may be input on the form to help promote the
property. Commercialization transactions are negotiated directly between
the licenser and licensee. According to the announcement, MicroPatent/WPT-X
is not a deal negotiator or facilitator. The licenser's information is
displayed on MicroPatent's Licensing Details screen, allowing the searcher
to go directly to the licenser.
WPT-X will add trademark listings to its database this summer. More
information about the World Patent & Trademark Exchange is available
at http://www.wpt-x.com or by
According to the announcement, a prominent feature of the Worksheets
environment (and one that's the cornerstone for analyzing intellectual
property data and improving business intelligence) is the ability to import
and graph up to 20,000 full-text records and display them in 2-D and 3-D
graphs or charts. These visual tools depict the growth or decline of a
company's patent developments, comparing data by assignee, IPC, and year
of issue. Results may also be exported into a delimited file to review,
categorize, sort, analyze, and manipulate in a common desktop application
such as Excel. These graphing features are free for a limited time during
the Worksheets introductory period.
In addition, Worksheets users can flip from one record to the next,
viewing the selected document in a pop-up window to the right of the original
hit list. The Worksheets hit list can also be sorted by issue/publication
date, international class, assignee/applicant, or family. It can be reported
via one of several different formats, including the complete family report,
which shows a representative abstract from each family.
Worksheets are accessible via either a daily or annual PatSearch FullText
subscription. Go to http://www.micropat.com/0/new_fulltext29809.html
for more detailed full-text information or call 800/648-6787.
[Editor's Note: For more on MicroPatent, see the interview
with company president Steve Wolfson on page 1.]
Source: MicroPatent, East Haven, CT, 800/648-6787, 203/466-5055; http://www.micropat.com.