Information Today
Volume 19, Issue 5 May 2002
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MicroPatent Launches Licensing Exchange, Worksheets Service

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 or by e-mailing

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 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;

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