Turkish Patent Data added to PatBase

Turkish patent

Despite recent upheavals, the growth of IP and Research in Turkey over recent years has been exponential, with Turkey rising 16 points in the global innovation index in 2016 alone. Government incentives have in part helped the development of the R&D and IP ecosystem, with a growing number of universities now including technology transfer offices, and many domestic and international companies establishing R&D centres across the country to take advantage of these incentives.

Until recently, Turkish patent professionals have found their searches hampered by a lack of Turkish patent information in both public and commercial databases, resulting in the need to search both the Turkish Patent Institute (TPI) database (where captcha codes are required for every search) and an international patent database separately. Likewise, international searchers will have struggled to use the TPI database for keyword searching as only Turkish keywords can be used.

Minesoft have recently sourced and added up to date Turkish patent and utility model data to PatBase, our global patent database, without the delays experienced by other providers. Furthermore, Minesoft have made it possible to search the Turkish data in both the original language and in English. This is of benefit to both Turkish and international PatBase users as they can search this information at the same time as data from over 106 other issuing authorities.

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The Unified Patent Court and Brexit

Minesoft were pleased to support the recently published Intellectual Property report in The Times. One article discussed a current ‘hot’ topic: The impact of Brexit on Intellectual Property. A key argument from the pro-leave camp was the desire to strip away the red tape and bureaucratic procedures enforced by the European Union. However, when it comes to intellectual property, the procedures are there for a reason.

For example, the Unified Patent Court (UPC), a proposed common patent court open for participation to all members of the EU, shows some of the benefits of EU membership. Although the United Kingdom signalled in November 2016 that they intend to ratify the UPC agreement, there is no guarantee what will happen after Brexit. To continue participating, the UK would need to ratify a new international agreement with the EU and amendments would need to be made to the current UPC agreement.

The UK’s participation in the existing European patent system would remain unaffected by Brexit. There are several other non-EU members who are signatories to the European Patent Convention, including Norway, Switzerland and Turkey. However, the purpose behind the UPC was to streamline Europe’s IP process and to try and make patents more enforceable for smaller businesses. This has now been thrown into turmoil; only time will tell whether a genuine Europe-wide patent will be introduced.

Find out more about the impact of Brexit on intellectual property rights, from trademarks to patents, by reading The Times’ Intellectual Property Report here.


USPTO PAIR data now added to PatBase and Legal StatusTracker

The legal status module within PatBase, the trusted search and analysis platform, has now been enhanced to include USPTO PAIR data. This data is as timely as the USPTO public PAIR site and has been merged with the INPADOC legal status data for each US application. Within the legal status view in PatBase we have added a new “Source” column to clearly identify where the legal status information originated and have mapped the USPTO legal status events to our colour coded event groups, making it easier for our users to visually identify the type of event that has occurred. Furthermore, the Register links in PatBase for US publications now directs the user to up to date PAIR information, a full transaction history and links to the assignment history, maintenance fees and file wrapper. The addition of US PAIR data to PatBase is of benefit to our users as it allows them to more efficiently review up to date legal status information for any US application.

Minesoft’s web-based legal status alerting service, Legal Status Tracker, has also been updated to include USPTO PAIR data. Whether you want to monitor all legal status changes or specific type of events, Legal Status Tracker delivers automatic email alerts whenever a change occurs and eliminates the need for lengthy manual legal status checks.

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PatBase Alerts now customisable

At Minesoft, we have now enhanced our PatBase Alerts template. Administrators on accounts can now request changes to the formatting of the alerts received by users.

Company branding can now be incorporated by adding your logo and/or company colours. Furthermore, it is now possible to select which links you want visible to users, including:

  • View in PatBase
  • View in PatBase Folder
  • HTML
  • MHT
  • PDF
  • RSS Feed

Contact us now at [email protected] for more information.

Please be aware that only administrators of accounts are authorised to request changes to PatBase alerts.


Press release
Minesoft is pleased to support The Times Intellectual Property Report

Minesoft were pleased to support a recent supplement in The Times newspaper covering topical issues in the Intellectual Property (IP) world. The report, produced by Raconteur in partnership with INTA and CIPA, covers a broad range of topics including the modern phenomenon of NPE’s (Non-Practicing Entities) known colloquially as “patent trolls”, the special importance of IP rights and patent protection for the pharmaceutical industry and the impact of Brexit on IP rights.

The supplement was published in celebration of World IP Day on 26th April 2017 which aims to promote the role that intellectual property rights play in encouraging innovation and creativity. The theme for World IP Day in 2017 was to learn about ways in which innovation makes our lives healthier and safer.

The IP system encourages innovation by attracting investment, rewarding creators and supporting them as they develop their ideas. This is highlighted in the final article of the supplement covering the importance that IP rights and patent protection hold for the pharmaceutical industry. Bringing a product from idea to market is extremely expensive, time consuming and has a high rate of failure across each stage of the process. Hence, the 20-year monopoly provided by patent protection is essential for them to recoup their investment.

At Minesoft we’re keen to encourage innovation, especially if it can make people’s lives safer, healthier and more comfortable. Hence, in 2010, we partnered with the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) in the ASPI programme to give researchers in developing countries free or low-cost access to sophisticated tools and services, like PatBase, for retrieving and analysing patent data.

As a business we were recently received a regional award from the Richmond-Upon-Thames for best in Innovation, reflecting the effort we make to constantly enhance our portfolio of patent solutions for an optimised user experience. This effort was rewarded in 2009 and 2015 when Minesoft received the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise for an outstanding achievement in rapidly growing export markets in the field of Intellectual Property information.

The full supplement can be found here.


Press release
Minesoft receive Award for Best Business in Innovation

Best Business for Innovation

In November 2016, Minesoft were honoured to be selected as the winner of the Best Business for Innovation at the Richmond Business Awards. Furthermore, Minesoft was highly commended in the Best Exporter category.

As a local business we’re keen to give back to the community and have sponsored the Richmond Business Awards for a number of years. In addition, Minesoft’s Managing Director and Co-founder, Ann Chapman, is on the steering committee for the Richmond Business Investment District plan and last week Minesoft staff had the opportunity to discuss international issues informally with Nick Clegg MP, former deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Liberal Democratic Party.

At Minesoft, we are constantly innovating our products for an optimised user experience, hence, in 2009 and 2015, we won the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise for an outstanding achievement in rapidly growing export markets in the field of Intellectual Property information.

Our products are developed with constant innovation in mind. In November 2015, we added TextMine to PatBase, enabling our users to instantly identify the chemicals, genes, proteins, diseases, polymers and physical parameters disclosed within the full text of millions of documents. We’ve also recently added a Semantic Search module to both PatBase and PatBase Express, enabling users to unearth hidden patents. Furthermore, we are continuously adding data from around the world, including full text patent data. In the past week we’ve added full text collections from the African Regional IP Organisation (AP) and Tunisia (TN), taking us to a total of 44 full text collections in PatBase.