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Minesoft featured in official commemorative album for The Queen’s 90th Birthday

Minesoft, the London-based global Intellectual Property solutions provider, will appear in the official commemorative publication for The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration to take place at Windsor Castle this year.

The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration will take place from 12 to 15 May 2016 in Home Park, Windsor Castle, and will celebrate The Queen’s life, her dedication to the Commonwealth and international affairs, her involvement with the armed forces and her love of horses.

As part of these celebrations, publisher St James’s House has produced an official commemorative album for the event – the only publication sanctioned and endorsed by the organisers.

“Our commemorative album will be presented as a gift to VVIP and VIP guests at each of the four evenings,” says Richard Freed, Chief Executive of St James’s House. “Copies of the book will also be distributed to key figures and organisations around the world including heads of state, ambassadors and leaders of industry.”

In addition to celebrating the life and reign of The Queen, the publication showcases a selection of organisations in the UK and Commonwealth, or with strong ties to Britain. These organisations are drawn from educational, cultural, social, technological and business spheres, and include Royal Charter holders, Royal Warrant holders and recipients of the Queen’s Awards. Collectively, they provide insights into the Commonwealth today and into the UK’s role in the wider world.

In the area of Intellectual Property and Scientific Research, one of the organisations selected to appear in the publication is Minesoft.

“Minesoft is a global patent data specialist and we were approached by publisher St James’s House with an invitation to appear in the event’s official commemorative album,” says Ann Chapman, Minesoft Co-Founder and Director. “We were invited based on our good editorial fit for the project, and it’s a great honour to be part of this historic celebration.”

Founded in 1996, Minesoft develops software solutions in the Intellectual Property field, providing international patent databases, competitive intelligence, analytics and customised archive solutions. Headquartered in Richmond-upon-Thames, London, Minesoft serves many Fortune 500/FTSE 100 companies around the world as well as state-run Patent Offices and specialist Intellectual Property Law firms. Minesoft’s solutions, developed and maintained in-house, are designed to help companies to protect their innovations and to exploit the value of Intellectual Property and scientific information throughout the innovation process. Minesoft was awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in both 2009 and 2015 for its impressive, sustained growth in International Trade.

Asked about the participation of Minesoft, Richard Freed of St James’s House says: “As the official publisher for The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration, we have been entrusted with telling the Queen’s story. We were also tasked with finding suitable editorial partners for the book, and we were delighted when Minesoft agreed to help us mark this important milestone.”

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The Power of Patent Citations


Why are patent citations so often underestimated and underused?

A combination of the volume of citations and their complexity makes it difficult to know how to efficiently navigate and explore patent citation data. Yet, despite these challenges, there are many benefits to the use of citations for patent analysis and competitive and business intelligence.
A patent citation is a document cited by an applicant, third party or a patent office examiner because its content relates to a patent application. Any publicly available document can be cited including an existing patent publication, journal article, internet publication, conference abstract or oral disclosure.

There are two type of citations:
1) Backward citations are earlier published documents that are publicly available before the filing date of a new patent application and are sometimes called “prior art”.

These are useful to discover closely related patents and literature and can supplement or enhance an initial keyword or classification based search. Backward citations identified by patent examiners are also classified based on relevance to the patent application in question. This classification can be useful to quickly focus a search to the most relevant “prior art”. Since different patent examiners can often cite different prior art against the same invention it can be useful to review the backward citations of all patent family members.

2) Forward citations are more recently published documents which have gone on to cite the new patent application.

These forward citations are also useful from a competitive or business intelligence perspective to identify players working in a similar area/technology to the new patent application. For example, monitoring the forward citations of a new patent application allows a user to identify new competitors entering a similar field of technology, potential infringers and, possibly, potential licensing opportunities. The only word of caution when analysing forward citations is that there is a time lag effect, where more recently published patents will have less forward citations than older patents. This needs to be taken into account when comparing patents based solely on the number of forward citations.

One easy way to exploit this data is to use the new Citation Explorer module in PatBase. Developed by Minesoft in partnership with RWS Group, PatBase is a patent full-text database covering over 100 million patent documents from more than 100 countries. Patent citations are captured as part of the database and are analysed in Citation Explorer at the level of a patent publication or a patent family. To aid this analysis, a number of unique features are available in Citation Explorer.

Citations can be sorted and filtered based on country of origin, date, assignee and examiner relevance codes (e.g. X, Y). A dual panel view allows a side-by-side comparison of a citation with the patent application to which it relates. The ability to flag and add notes against relevant citations and to identify those citations which, from a legal status perspective, are dead or alive helps the user efficiently review and identify citations of interest.

Citation Explorer can help patent information users to overcome the difficulties in examining patent citations and provide powerful information to aid patent analysis and gain competitive or business intelligence.
For more information on PatBase and Citation Explorer, please contact us at [email protected],or see for yourself with a free trial at

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Extracting chemical information from patents at a reasonable cost?

Up until recently, chemical information in patents was only available through a number of well-established databases which rely on manual indexing. However, access to this information comes at a significant cost. A new product from Minesoft, Chemical Explorer, has given users an alternative and at a reasonable, all-inclusive subscription based cost. More…

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Minesoft Releases New Software for Mining Full Text Patent Documents

London, Wednesday 4th November: Global patent information software specialist Minesoft today announced the launch of a new product designed to help researchers explore scientific patent documents in more depth, TextMine.

Patent documents are rich in scientific technical terminology but can be difficult and time-consuming to navigate due to the large numbers of long documents searchers need to review and the specific language used. TextMine is a new software developed by Minesoft as part of their Chemical Explorer project that enables information professionals to mine the full text of patent documents to extract key terms and better visualise and understand the content.

TextMine has been integrated into PatBase – the global, searchable patent database created by Minesoft in partnership with RWS Group – to offer patent information professionals a more powerful new text Viewer. Users can explore in depth the chemicals, genes, proteins, diseases and a range of physical parameters disclosed in full text patent documents, with automatic highlighting speeding up the review process. TextMine provides links to access further information about terms identified on a range of external resources.

Ann Chapman, Director at Minesoft, said, “TextMine is a visually attractive Viewer software product that will be integrated into Minesoft search solutions such as Chemical Explorer to enhance chemical and scientific patent information retrieval. We have added it also to PatBase, the widely-used global patent database, to enable PatBase searchers to extract key chemical and scientific parameter terms from within patent documents and explore them thematically, with an emphasis on chemical-related concepts. TextMine is available now to all PatBase users at no extra cost, helping overcome some challenges involved in reviewing dense patent texts and offering a powerful, efficient new Viewer.”

For more information about TextMine and PatBase, contact Minesoft on [email protected] or call 0044(0)2084040651.

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Minesoft Receives Queen’s Award For Enterprise At Buckingham Palace
Ophir Daniel meets Her Majesty

Patent data specialist Minesoft attended Buckingham Palace on 14th July to receive their Queen’s Award for Enterprise at a winners’ reception given by HM The Queen Elizabeth II and HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

The prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade recognises outstanding achievement by UK businesses in growth and commercial success overseas.

Headquartered in Richmond-upon-Thames, Minesoft was awarded the prize for an impressive, sustained growth in International Trade, having achieved an overall increase of 87% in trade over the last few years.

Minesoft’s Co-Founder Ophir Daniel and Director Jochen Lennhof attended the evening reception to formally accept the Award from HM The Queen on behalf of the whole company.

Jochen Lennhof with The Queen

Announcing the award win on 21st April, Minesoft Director Ann Chapman credited “the constant innovation and responsiveness of our talented, committed staff as well as the loyalty of our existing customers, [allowing us] to continue to grow in just about all international markets – despite a tough economic climate – while developing ambitious future services for managing, searching and analysing patent data”

The Awards reception was also attended by The Duke of York, accompanied by Princess Eugenie of York, The Princess Royal, The Duke of Gloucester, The Duke of Kent, Princess Michael of Kent and Princess Alexandra, the Hon Lady Ogilvy.

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Minesoft launches patent citations watch service CiteTracker

In July Minesoft launched a new patent citations watch service – CiteTracker.

The service automatically alerts users to new published patent citations of interest each week as they are added to patent documents. Organisations can use CiteTracker to monitor which competitors are citing their own patent portfolio or to discover what technologies are most frequently being cited.

CiteTracker eliminates the need for time-consuming manual citation searches to be carried out each week – results are delivered by email whenever new citations are published for any of the patents in the original set.

Minesoft handles everything from setting up the alert to delivering the result, providing a concise report of new citations that can be easily shared with colleagues or clients.

The new service is an ideal resource for patent attorneys, lawyers, IP counsel, R & D, search firms, and licensing and technology transfer offices.

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Minesoft Profiled In New Book Celebrating British History, Launched At Westminster Abbey

Minesoft was invited to the launch on Monday at Westminster Abbey of a new publication, “The Story of Parliament: Celebrating 750 years of parliament in Britain”, published by St James’s House Media in partnership with the History of Parliament Trust.

Guests assemble in the Cloisters

More than 300 VIP guests, including prominent historians, politicians and senior public figures, gathered to mark the publication of The Story of Parliament: Celebrating 750 years of parliament in Britain at a champagne reception in the Cloisters of Westminster Abbey.

The publication celebrates the 750th anniversary of Simon de Montfort’s Parliament of 1265—a key moment in the origins of parliament – and coincides also with the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, the document that is widely believed to have established the foundations of parliamentary democracy, liberty and human rights.

Minesoft Director Ann Chapman & Marketing Manager Katy Wood preview the book

Minesoft is profiled in the book which, alongside presenting a comprehensive illustrated account of the history of parliamentary politics, contains chapters on key areas of life in modern Britain including successful British businesses. As a recent recipient of the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade, Minesoft was invited to feature in the historic publication to give an insight into how their Intellectual Property software solutions drive innovation in Great Britain and globally.

Phil Allan, Katy Wood and Ann Chapman of Minesoft

Richard Freed, Director at publishers St James’s House, welcomed guests to the evening reception in the beautiful setting of the Cloisters, and formally presented the book to Lord Cormack, the Chairman of the History of Parliament Trust whose research project shaped the publication. Speaking to the guests at the launch, Freed said “Westminster Abbey was the perfect venue for the launch of a book that celebrates the incredible impact parliament has made through the centuries, from its origins through to the modern day.”

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Full Text Israeli Patent Data Added To PatBase, the Global Patent Database

A unique agreement between the Israeli Patent Office and British database producers Minesoft and RWS Group has enabled the inclusion in PatBase of full-text Israeli patents from the early 1970s to today. PatBase includes data for over 100 patent-issuing authorities with 25 full-text collections.

According to CofaceBDI, Israel’s largest Business Information Group, the number of Israeli patents registered in the USA jumped 21% in 2014. “Israeli innovation is widely respected, punching well above its weight in global patenting, innovation and scientific research and named as 5th overall in the Bloomberg Tech Index this year. We would like to thank the Israeli Patent Office, WIPO and also our distributor in Israel, Hipusit, for their assistance in adding this new patent data for our users worldwide” says Ann Chapman-Daniel, Co-founder of Minesoft. PatBase is currently the only commercially available patent database in the world containing searchable full-text Israeli patent information, enabling researchers to perform more extensive Freedom-to-Operate searches. Israeli full-text is available to search in English in PatBase and Hebrew text can be machine translated.

As 10% of Israeli patents are registered in Israel with no equivalent filings abroad, PatBase offers users a distinct advantage in providing early, searchable access to this collection. Owing to the time-saving patent family structure of PatBase and the fact that over 100 patent jurisdictions are covered, additional data will be retrieved simultaneously on the whole family of patents related to an invention, including full-text in a variety of languages.

Combined with the sophisticated functionality available in PatBase including advanced highlighting review tools, cross-lingual search options and integrated PatBase Analytics, the new data addition offers more comprehensive and thorough search and analysis of Israeli innovation.

For more information or to request a free PatBase trial to explore the new data, patent information users based in Israel should contact Hipusit, Minesoft’s representative in Israel, on +972 4 6013103 or (