Definition of patent information
  Characteristics of patent information
  Types of patent information
Definition of patent information
Patent information means all kinds of patent related information including patent law and system. Patent information includes all the related documents and administrative information necessary from the first step of submitting the application documents.

Information written on the patent documents includes; application number, applicant(s), laid open number, laid open date, register number, registered date, priority number, priority date, title of the invention, inventor(s), scope of claim, summary, IPC classification, examination process, attorneys, term of patent right, etc. These kinds of information are produced in the whole process of patent application until the patent is registered.

From the patent information, you will be able to know that who invented what kind of technology and how the right is protected, by which you will be able to solve problems such as double investment or leaking

Characteristics of patent information
  Characteristics compared to other technical information
    £­Much easier to obtain and collect information £¨The sources of information are unified by the patent office of each country so that anybody can easily access to the internet to see the publications, abstracts, indexes as well as the patent information of each country.

£­IPC classification is used.

£­Forms of description and content are unified.£¨INID code is attached to each item of the publication and the forms of content are standardized.£©

INID code£ºInternational Agreed Number for the Identification of Data

£­The search targets a wide range of technical fields as a whole (the whole industrial area)

-The technology is definitely described.£¨Described definitely enough to the extent that the invention is easily worked: Principle for making the specification£©
  £­It is only a limited part of patents that hold the right among those laid open. (In case of Japan, about 60% of the whole applications requested examination and about a half of them or more are registered.)

£­Registered patents may be invalidated.£¨Applications may be invalidated by an invalidation trial.£©

£­Whether an application will be patented or not depends upon the examination conducted by the patent office of each country. Therefore, an application patented in one country may not be patented in another country and the scope of right may be different.£¨The result of examination may differ depending on the examiner and the standard of examination of each country.£©

  Prompt report
    £­After the invention is completed, its patent application is submitted. Most of the countries adopt laying open system so that the time for technologies to be laid open is shortest.£¨One of the biggest reasons to adopt the first-to-file-rule.£©
Patent Information
Bibliographic information
Rapid for the technology to be laid open£¨18 months after the application
- Generally, the documents are submitted after the application.

- The application will be immediately laid open after the submission of the documents.
- Theories and embodiments of the invention must be described definitely enough to be worked.

- Purpose, constitution and effect of the invention are described.

- Once applied, all the applications are laid open.

- They include those applications that are not patented.
- Includes general principles.

- Includes a certain individual's opinion.

- Academic and theoretical content

- Only those that went through examinations are published.

- It may possibly be advertising or exaggeration.
- Standardized
- Internationally unified classification
- Relatively standardized
- Limited to classifications of certain fields

- Searching for subjects for R&D

- Solving technical problems

- Technology trend, business trend

- Grasping the information of research institutes

- Companies' trend¡¢R/D trategies, management strategies.

- Preliminary prevention of the conflict problems

-Technology evaluation

- Searching for subjects for R&D

- Solving technical problems

- Technology trend

- Grasping the information of research institutes

Types of patent information
Patent information consists of technical information and right information that are generated under the national legal system for protecting new technologies and laying them open. The information is categorized into two types; the first dimensional materials includes "Patent Gazette" and "Patent Publication" published at the Patent Office, the second dimensional materials are the processed (summarized) information of the first dimensional materials represented by "Patent Abstract", and the third dimensional information that includes index information that makes it smooth to utilize manual searching of patent information. Patent classifications, patent related laws and statistic information are categorized into "others"
Application number, application date, Laid open number, publication number, laid open date, publication number, publication date, registered number, registered date,Priority right related information, inventor, applicant, attorney, examiner
Patent classification


Bibliographic data
Categorized by numbers, classifications, applicants, indexes, etc.
Name of invention
Detailed description of the invention
Scope of claims
Representative figures
Cited documents
First dimensional materials
Second dimensional materials
Third dimensional materials