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Minesoft is an official patron of the Harry and Meghan wedding album published by St James’s House

Saturday 19 May was a day of celebration around the world as Prince Harry tied the knot with the American actress Meghan Markle. To mark this royal occasion, Minesoft, the London-based global Intellectual Property solutions provider, will appear in  Harry & Meghan – The Wedding Album, written exclusively by Royal Biographer, Robert Jobson and published by St James’s House this Summer.

This magnificent 300-page book will feature exquisite photography from throughout the royal couple’s lives, from their early years, to the tale of their engagement, to the build-up to the big day.

“Having produced prominent publications for Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations, the Diamond Jubilee River pageant and the platinum wedding anniversary, we understand how important these momentous occasions are to the general public.” Explains Richard Freed, CEO of St James’s House. “This royal wedding will be celebrated by a worldwide audience and we at St James’s House will be creating a high-quality book that will serve as a treasured keepsake for years to come.”

“It is an honour to be included alongside leading charitable organisations and business. Our work in spreading detailed information about technological & scientific innovation to developed and less developed countries will hopefully benefit some of the causes close to the hearts of Harry and Meghan in the future too” Ann Chapman-Daniel, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Minesoft commented.

As a London-headquartered company, with strong roots in the local community – Minesoft is pleased to have been selected as an official sponsor of and editorial contributor to the Harry and Meghan wedding album.

Founded in 1996, Minesoft develops international searchable patent databases and web-based products for Intellectual Property (IP) research. The company offers an array of products for the patent information industry, specialising in patent searching, IP document retrieval, patent analytics and competitive intelligence systems.

Minesoft was awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in 2009 and again, in 2015 for its impressive, sustained growth in International Trade. A testament to the company’s ongoing innovation and work to meet the needs of its fast-growing global client base through an international customer support network, tailored training and a range of essential resources.

Jochen Lennhof, Director, speaks about the effect of digitisation on Minesoft solutions

Jochen Lennhof, Director at the Minesoft Office in Germany, was recently interviewed by PASSWORD about the effect of digitisation on Minesoft solutions. You can read the German version of the interview on the PASSWORD website here. Or alternatively, we have translated it into English below.

Jochen Lennhof joined Minesoft in 2004 and manages Minesoft’s business and clients in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, playing an active role in developing corporate In-house and work-flow solutions.

With the ever-increasing rate of digitisation, how has this effected the work that Minesoft do and the data that you offer?

The ability to process patent information digitally is crucial to the work that we do. We collect digital information from over thirty different sources and quickly process it for our different platforms, such as PatBase, the searchable patent database, and Legal StatusTracker, the automated monitoring service for patent legal status information. These processes are almost exclusively automated which means that they are as efficient as possible. For example, Chinese patent documents are machine translated and indexed within a day of publication, making them easy to search both in original language and the machine translated version.

The digitisation of patent information has also enabled us to immediately make publications available for chemical structure searching with Chemical Entity Recognition Technology (CERT). This makes patent data more easily accessible by chemists because, in addition to a classic keyword search, a chemical structure can be drawn and the corresponding text searched, from which the chemist can review all relevant patents located.

A growing trend in the patent information field is the ability to render data as a graphic/chart or similar visualisation. To do this, large data sets must be processed in a matter of seconds to create meaningful visualisations of the information. Having patent data that has been checked systematically – and corrected – to ensure high quality and accuracy, together with the most comprehensive pool of underlying data is the important starting point – only this type of procedure in preparing patent data ensures that the resulting searchable information can be trusted. PatBase Analytics V2 provides on-the-fly diagrams and overviews of applicants, classifications and legal status, as well as heat maps and keyword clusters.

In addition, digitisation enhances Minesoft’s visibility through social media and helps us to communicate with customers. You can follow us on Twitter or the Minesoft Blog and connect with us on LinkedIn. We publish many articles and links on the Minesoft website, written regularly by Minesoft staff for IP magazines or by third parties on subjects of interest to Intellectual Property and specifically, patenting.

How has digitisation affected patent offices, for example, in the registration process, and how does that affect the data you are processing?

As data producers, the patent offices determine the quality of the first level data we receive – errors made here can be difficult to fix, however we run algorithms and checks on the first level data and correct or add to the data in various ways. The electronic application process is of great help. For example, in the first step when submitting an application, there is a plausibility check, and further internal and external communication takes place electronically. In the process of “Quality In / Quality Out” this is an important element and one that RWS and Minesoft build on in preparing PatBase data for searching. We add machine translations using the highest quality tools available, using RWS’s worldwide expertise in the field of translation of scientific and patent documents. We translate names of Patent Assignees (patent owners, usually company names) from non-Latin languages such as Chinese and Japanese to provide a standard spelling for Western researchers.

What does the spike in patent applications from China mean for Minesoft as a patent information provider?

More data! It is more important than ever to be able to provide large amounts of information quickly and reliably. It is also important to make sure that we have can provide quality machine translation. Since the end of 2017, we have been using new self-learning systems for machine translation in cooperation with our partner RWS. This “Neural MT Framework” captures the meaning of the text instead of recognising only consecutive words in a sentence. As a result, the translations are timely and of ever-improving quality. We also use this machine translation system for other languages, such as Japanese, Korean and Russian.

The large number of patent applications coming from China is also a symptom of the increasing interest in international patent information there. Hence, the demand for PatBase data has grown significantly over recent years. The commercial subsidiary of the Chinese Patent Office – the Intellectual Property Publishing House (IPPH) – will be supplying our products in China as our new distributor. IPPH has established itself as a leading provider of Chinese patent information products and solutions. The addition of IPPH to our network will expand our presence in the important Chinese market and expand our customer base worldwide.

For more information about our suite of patent solutions, or if you are interested in a free trial/demonstration, contact us at [email protected] or on +44 (0)20 8404 0651.

PatBase AnalyticsV2: A 21st Century Approach to Understanding your Data

In an article recently published on LinkedIn, James Gray – Senior Software Developer at Minesoft – outlines the difficulties in understanding, interpreting and effectively visualising large datasets.

Minesoft’s automated systems are constantly updated with highly complex worldwide patent information. To turn this data into good intelligence, it is necessary to have well thought out, intelligent systems.

The goal set for Minesoft’s new patent analysis platform – PatBase AnalyticsV2 – was for all users, with any level of skill, to be able to take very large, highly complex patent datasets and easily present them in a visual way that is easy on the eye, easy to interpret and understand; and to be able to interact with and share this data.

The Minesoft Development Team found a way to cut out the time-consuming leg work normally associated with this process. By attaching AnalyticsV2 directly to the PatBase search results, you can accomplish all these tasks in one location. You can search high-quality, comprehensive patent data, and be presenting beautiful, accurate and meaningful visualisations to key decision makers in minutes.

Read James’ full article here.

For more information or a demonstration, please contact us today at [email protected] or call us on +44 (0)20 8404 0651.

Enhancements to Chemical Explorer

Chemical Explorer, developed by Minesoft to take advantage of Chemical NER technology to add chemical structure search capability throughout the entire text of millions of patent documents, can interrogate patent data in several ways. Similarity, substructure and exact structure searching are available, with structure input possible from chemical name, trade name, SMILES, Mol file or by drawing the structure. More…

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Minesoft enhance Citation Explorer module in flagship product, PatBase

It is no secret that patent data yields a rich source of competitive intelligence. A significant volume of technical and scientific information (estimates range from 70 to 80%) is only to be found in patent documents. It won’t be published anywhere else!

Having access to a powerful and comprehensive patent search and analysis platform, like Minesoft’s PatBase, is therefore crucial to exploit patent data. For example, being able to analyse patent citations is a great source of competitive & business intelligence, to see who is involved in inventing the critical technology and how the knowledge in the sector is building up – and where. For this, you need a high quality, extensive global database of patents.

Due to the volume and complexity of patent citations, it is a difficult area to efficiently navigate. Citation Explorer is provided as an interactive module within PatBase which makes it much easier to locate, browse and review the complex web of patent citations on a single invention or patent document basis. Citations can be viewed side-by-side, visualised on a timeline or tree and relevant statistics revealed.

Incorporating the latest customer feedback has led to Minesoft further enhancing Citation Explorer. A new methodology to effectively track backward and forward citations for a family of interest makes life easier. Citations can be displayed by various criteria, allowing users to get an easy overview, cross-reference related citations and discover their origins.

In addition, the Citation Tree, a means to follow and traverse citation paths from patent to patent, now shows forward and backward citations simultaneously. As a result, it is easier to extrapolate and draw conclusions. Users can quickly identify which patents are being cited by or citing the invention of interest. Hovering over the publication number lets you quickly scan the title, assignee and excerpt of the abstract.

Exploring forward citations provides an excellent source of competitive business intelligence. You can quickly identify players working in a similar technology area, new competitors entering a similar field, potential licensing opportunities and keep an eye on potential infringers in the sea of data.

Citation Explorer is a comprehensive global patent citation database, ideal for unearthing new players or technologies in your area. Even better – it is included in all PatBase Subscriptions at no extra cost.

Contact us today for a demonstration and free two-week trial at [email protected], or call us on +44 (0)20 8404 0651.

Minesoft article featured in IPPro India

Minesoft article featured in IPPro India

Patents have become increasingly important to the pharmaceutical industry. A new medicine can now exceed $2.6 billion to develop successfully, therefore pharmaceutical patents are crucial to give much needed protection to new compounds so that corporations can recoup their development costs. More…