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Patent Solutions for research and discovery

Discover competitive intelligence and gain technology insights from patents and patent applications research.

Patent Solutions from IHS Markit empower engineers, product managers, and other innovators to access, search, and draw insights from our rich collection of 60+ million patents and patent applications. These unique solutions allow users to understand new markets, discover solutions to technical challenges, drive product and process improvements, and identify influential industry trends.

Patent Solutions are comprised of two powerful resources:

The Patent Collection
A unique, growing library of patents and patent applications from key global markets, with full-text searchability and dynamic summaries available in multiple languages.

The Patent Intelligence Tool
A graphical toolset that allows users to perform a range of analyses on that same set of 60+ million patents and applications. Patent Intelligence is designed specifically with the technical professional in mind, with tools intended to drive product and process innovation.

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The Power of Patent Solutions from IHS Markit

The powerful yet easy-to-use Patent Solutions from IHS Markit accelerate research and innovation by combining access to 30+ years of worldwide patent data with a set of specialized analytical tools created with engineers and technical researchers in mind.

Worldwide Patent Library

Published in the original languages, with all dynamic summaries available in multiple languages, patents included in the Patent Collection and Patent Intelligence include:

  • U.S. Granted Patents (USPTO): 1971 – current
  • U.S. Patent Applications (USPTO): 2001 – current
  • European Granted Patents (EPO): 1981 – current
  • European Patent Applications (EPO): 1988 – current
  • Great Britain Granted Patents: 1970 – current
  • Great Britain Patent Applications: 1979 – current
  • German Granted Patents: 1980 – current
  • German Patent Applications: 1970 – current
  • German Gebrauchsmusters (Utility Model): 1980 – current
  • French Granted Patents: 1985 – current
  • French Patent Applications: 1976 – current
  • Japanese Patent Abstracts (JPO): 1976 – current
  • Japanese Patent Applications: 1993 - current
  • Japanese Granted Patents: 1994 – current
  • Chinese Granted Patents
  • Chinese Granted Patents for Utility Models
  • Chinese Patent Applications
  • Chinese Utility Model Applications
  • WIPO PCT Publications (WIPO): 1978 – current
Personalization Features

The powerful personalization features allow users to tailor their working environment to best suit project requirements and research needs.

Saved Searches and Alerts
Users can save queries for later use or schedule specified queries to run periodically and send an alert to a user-specified email about new results. Saved queries can also be saved to the user’s Home Page for convenient access or linked to a project saved in the user’s personalized workspace.

My Workspaces
Provides a place for users to save, organize, and share their research related to a project or topic of interest.

Patent Intelligence

The Patent Intelligence add-on tool leverages the extensive IHS Markit Patent Collection to connect Patent Search, Technology Analysis and Company Analysis tools to assist users in identifying influential trends, companies, and innovators.

The Patent Search Tool
Allows users to search for specific patents based on a variety of criteria (patent number, title, assignee, abstract, etc.).

The Technology Analysis Tool
Maps semantically relevant discussions of a technology against one or more patent content sources.

The Company Analysis Tool
Generates a specific innovation profile for one assignee or a group of assignees to help identify core technologies, key inventors, trends within specific technologies, and citation anomalies.

Patent Intelligence Capabilities

The Patent Intelligence add-on module leverages the IHS Markit Patent Collection of 60 million patents and applications, and also provides a collection of analytical tools that can extract valuable intelligence from patent bibliographic data. The application leverages semantic analysis and metadata from the patents to assist users in spotting influential trends, companies and inventors.

Search Patents – The Patent Search tool allows a user to search for a specific patent, based on a variety of criteria (patent number, title, assignee, abstract, etc.). This is useful, for example, when a user knows the document required or would like to identify patents assigned to a given company or a particular inventor.

Semantically generated summaries of patents are provided in any of the supported languages (currently, English, French, German, Japanese, Simplified Chinese), regardless of the language of the original document. This is useful for determining quickly and easily whether a given patent is applicable to a user's research and therefore requires further investigation. Of course, the full-text patent itself can also be viewed in the original language, either in a text-based HTML document or as a PDF document.

Analyze Technology – The Technology Analysis tool maps semantically relevant discussions of a technology against one or more patent content sources. Analysis results include:

  • Patent activity for up to 5 assignees (or groups)
  • Bibliographic data
  • Assignee List
  • Blended inventor list
  • Patent class distribution
  • Top 5 assignees, inventors and patent classes

The tool presents users with a view of patent activity related to a particular technology over time, allowing them to understand, for example, where the technology is in its lifecycle. That information could be useful in evaluating whether a company should make investments in research into a technology or direct investment elsewhere. Leading inventors can also be identified, making it possible to ascertain key researchers around a given technology area.

Analyze Companies – The Company Analysis tool generates a specific innovation profile for one assignee or a group of assignees. The analysis includes:

  • Patent Activity Chart
  • Inventor Lists
  • Bibliographic data
  • Class distribution

The resulting chart and listing data can help identify:

  • Core Technologies
  • Key Inventors
  • Trends within specific technologies
  • Citation anomalies

Users can view a company's overall patent activities or activities related to specific technologies or compare the activities of multiple companies to understand competitive trends relative to a particular technology over time. This could be useful for understanding the extent to which different companies are investing in research related to a technology.

Analyze Patent References – The Patent References Analysis tool lets a user view citations of a patent by other patents (as well as by/from patent applications), in addition to mapping out the assignees/companies attached to forward and backward references. Backward references provide a map to the "pedigree" of a patent – the history of the technologies or innovations incorporated into the patent. Forward citations are often very useful in determining potential innovation barriers, competitors, or licensing opportunities. "Young" patent documents with relatively high forward citation counts are particularly useful to discover and investigate for technology trends, owners and valuation.

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