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Good Luck with the EQEs!

The European Patent Attorney Qualification Exams start next Tuesday, they are online using WiseFlow and some clever Facial Recognition software. Its likely to end the hiring of halls and making people travel to sit them. At least they have removed the need to scan and upload documents which was a problem for me in theContinue reading “Good Luck with the EQEs!”

Patent Landscapes

A patent landscape is not the same as a patentability or novelty search. It provides an overview of your new and old competitors patent activity (published patent applications) over time. Non patent information like Trade Mark applications, papers and social media posts may be included as these give an idea of real products/services to beContinue reading “Patent Landscapes”

Top CPC Classifications in China

For Chinese New Year, I had a quick look at the top CPC classes for Patent Applications published in China (SIPO). The top 10 relate to Green Technology and the Semiconductor Industries.

Hydrogen as a Fuel

Green Hydrogen (made using green energy and low carbon emissions) is attracting major investment and Wrights Bus in Ballymena is not only making Hydrogen Powered Buses but is now considering manufacture of Hydrogen using electricity generated by Wind Power, see here for more details. The patent landscape for hydrogen production is interesting and a snapContinue reading “Hydrogen as a Fuel”

Electric Scooters in 1916

As I worked on Electric Scooter innovation last year, I found this article absolutely astonishing, which shows the importance of non patent literature when carrying out patent novelty or inventive step searches, as older patent documents can lack in useful detail. The original patent for this Auto Ped device is US1192514 .

Blockchain and Logistics

Hyperledger and Blockchain technologies have been discussed as useful tools to overcome Brexit border problems in Ireland and elsewhere. This has yet to be established however the use of Blockchain in Logistics is becoming an area of real innovation. This figure shows a recent dip in relevant patent applications starting in 2017 and the mainContinue reading “Blockchain and Logistics”

Patent Data Displays

Although I am keener on Virtual Reality to display Patent Data and Analytics, some very nice products exist like Innography, Derwent and Patbase. The concept cluster feature shown below from Patbase is informative for White Space analysis as well as simply seeing where a lot of inventing has focused on recently. I am testing aContinue reading “Patent Data Displays”

Patent Search Results IPC v CPC

Patent Databases have a clever and very useful targeted Classification Systems, the two most important ones are called the International Patent Classification (IPC) or the Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC). Instead of using text to find relevant documents, you can use a classification code which can be very specific for a particular invention, e.g. a usefulContinue reading “Patent Search Results IPC v CPC”


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