April 24, 2006
In April 2006, the
World Intellectual Property
Organization (WIPO) upgraded its online database,
PatentScope, so that over 1.2 million international applications
filed under WIPO's Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) from 1978 to
the present are now available in fully searchable form for free
The information may be searched in
several ways e.g. using keywords (such as 'biotechnology' or
'et/biotechnology' [i.e. with the word biotechnology in the
english title]), names of applicants or dates and complete
documents may be printed or downloaded.
Together with documents on each
patent application (e.g. description, claims), the database
gives access to information on the status of the application.
PatentScope is a valuable technical resource as new technologies
are often disclosed for the first time as international patent
applications and the patent applications filed under the PCT
system are typically those that inventors consider to be the
most valuable and therefore worth patenting internationally.
http://www.wipo.int/patentscope/ or contact
WIPO is one of the United
Nations specialised agencies. It administers 23 international
treaties dealing with different aspects of intellectual property
protection and has 183 member nations.