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MINESOFT & CENTREDOC create a bridge between PatBase and RAPID platforms

Minesoft have recently collaborated with Centredoc, the Business Intelligence specialist, to create a link between patent information issued from PatBase and Centredoc’s business intelligence platform RAPID.

For any company wishing to complete a technological watch strategy, a trustworthy source of data is a necessity. Minesoft and Centredoc have come together to combine a modern and secure platform, designed expressly for business intelligence, with data that you and your company can rely on.

Minesoft develops specialist software solutions in the Intellectual Property (IP) field, providing international patent databases, competitive intelligence, analytics and customised archive solutions. Minesoft serves many Fortune 500/FTSE 100 companies around the world as well as Patent Offices, IP Law firms and Patent Attorney firms. Minesoft’s flagship product, PatBase, hosts more than 111 million patent documents from over 100 countries, including 44 full text authorities – currently the largest private collection in the world.

RAPID is a complete technology monitoring solution, a unique product enabling users to manage, all of the company’s strategic information flows (patents, scientific publications, web and internal information) on one easy to use platform.

Ann Chapman, Co-Founder at Minesoft, explains: “Centredoc is an important player of our industry with more than 50 years of history, well established in the Swiss Horology sector. Facilitating the export of our patent data into the RAPID platform opens interesting prospects in the Swiss and European markets as well as offering our users an access to a modern platform and highly secured to manage their technological watches.”

David Borel, Business Development Manager at Centredoc adds: “As a patent information professional for more than 15 years, I am proud of this partnership with Minesoft, one of the most respected players in our industry. From now on, we will be able to offer our customers who run their patent searches and watches on PatBase to export the results directly in the RAPID platform. This is a very important step towards the autonomy of our users in the management of their patent results. Until now, this was a complex task which required a technical assistance.”

The RAPID export is immediately available in PatBase. The PatBase upload filter is now enabled in RAPID4, the newest version launched by Centredoc in February 2017.

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Minesoft add powerful Semantic Search module to PatBase

Minesoft has developed a new, powerful Semantic Search module for PatBase, the advanced search resource used worldwide by patent experts and professionals to research patent documents in-depth. In addition, Minesoft has added it to the user-friendly PatBase Express, used across corporations, making it easier to unlock information in the full text of millions of patent documents. Now PatBase will unearth hidden patents that could be missed using a regular keyword search. The Semantic Search option identifies relevant concepts from any given text-based query and suggests corresponding associated technology areas for the patent families identified; complimenting keyword and patent classification searches by locating additional pertinent documents. The user remains in control of the process by selecting concepts of interest, adding new concepts and selecting suitable technology areas. The module improves search accuracy by using the contextual meaning of terms and the searcher’s intent to generate ever more relevant results.

Robert Poolman, Global Innovation Senior Manager at Minesoft, added: “The new Semantic Search module in PatBase provides an attractive alternative approach to uncover relevant patent information to the use of keywords or precise patent classifications. We believe this is going to benefit not only occasional users, who are looking to get a more focused starting point into the patent world, but also very experienced patent research engineers and chemists, as a way to expand on and interrogate a given subject. Not only that, it is a great help for speakers of any language to search complex patent literature. ”

Press Contact: Caitlin Kavanagh ([email protected])

For more information about PatBase, contact Minesoft on +44 (0)208 404 0651 or at [email protected].

About Minesoft

Minesoft develops patent, scientific and technology publishing products and services for intellectual property and research specialists. Building global patent information solutions since 1996, Minesoft’s products are used daily by leading corporations, national Patent Offices, IP firms and research specialists around the world.

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Minesoft announces Non-Patent Literature Module for PatBase

Intellectual property information specialists Minesoft have released their new Non-Patent Literature search module making it easier and more efficient to uncover relevant prior art when applying for patent protection or fighting against patent infringement. Minesoft has added the new search capability to PatBase, giving users access to 12 major sources of non-patent and scientific literature including Science Direct, Scopus, PubMed and Google Scholar.

Using a basic keyword search or an advanced multiple field search, users can identify relevant literature from a variety of key innovation disciplines including medicine, agriculture, general science, computing & engineering. Covering clinical trials, conference publications, journal articles and thesis documents, the new module grants unparalleled access to scientific literature alongside the 100 million plus patent documents already within PatBase; thus enhancing the efficiency with which PatBase users can search and identify relevant literature and ensuring PatBase users always have emerging technology trends at their fingertips.

The module automatically de-duplicates non-patent literature identified across multiple sources and provides the ability to export data in Excel or RIS format. According to Global Innovation Senior Manager, Dr Robert Poolman “the addition of the nonpatent literature module to PatBase gives our users access to a wealth of knowledge from many different disciplines and which can be searched from the same PatBase platform, making it easier and more efficient for our users to uncover relevant prior art.” The NPL module is fully implemented within PatBase and PatBase Express and is available at no additional cost to all subscribers.


Press Contact: James Cooper ([email protected])

For more information about PatBase, contact Minesoft on +44 (0)208 404 0651 or at [email protected].

About Minesoft

Minesoft develops patent, scientific and technology publishing products and services for intellectual property and research specialists. Building global patent information solutions since 1996, Minesoft’s products are used daily by leading corporations, national Patent Offices, IP firms and research specialists around the world.


Minesoft – winner of the Best Business for Innovation Award

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Ann Chapman stands with former MP for Richmond Park, Zac Goldsmith, current MP, Sarah Olney, the MP for Twickenham and the Mayor of Richmond-Upon-Thames, among others.

At the beginning of November, 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.

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Ann Chapman receives Minesoft’s award for Innovation from Greg Dyke, former Director-General of the BBC.

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Minesoft’s Caitlin Kavanagh and Katarina Bartos pose at the event in Twickenham Stadium.

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Minesoft’s Diana Broomby, Katarina Bartos and Jia Lu enjoying the awards ceremony.

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NEW Enhancements to PatBase and PatBase Express

New Non-Patent Literature Module

A new Non-Patent Literature module has now been added to PatBase and PatBase Express, making it easier for our users to broaden their searches and strengthen their foundation of knowledge in areas of interest. Accessing over 12 sources of non-patent & scientific literature, including ScienceDirect, PubMed, Scopus and Google Scholar, a PatBase or PatBase Express user can easily search for relevant patent and non-patent information in the same platform.

New Semantic Search

Discover hidden patents with our new semantic search module, recently added to PatBase and PatBase Express. From any text based query (e.g. an abstract, a set of claims), the Semantic search option identifies the relevant concepts and suggests technology areas within which the patent families identified fall within. Rather than a black box, the user remains in complete control and has the ability to select concepts of interest, add new concepts of interest and select the technology areas of interest. Semantic Search offers an interesting new way to expand and further explore subject searching for anyone using PatBase and complements keyword or patent classification searches by locating additional pertinent documents.

New PatBase Thesaurus

The new multi-disciplinary thesaurus combines Chemical Search, Language Explorer, Dictionary and Thesaurus into one easy to use product, allowing you to drill down further into areas of interest. The service allows users to identify and add synonyms, keywords, acronyms and translations of particular terms to a PatBase search strategy, optimising the way our users search for patents. PatBase and PatBase Express Users can utilise a type-ahead functionality to search for a term(s) of interest, identify synonyms and search selected synonyms.

Collaborate more effectively with our new Export and Sharing functions

Minesoft has recently launched a new Export module within PatBase, making it easier to export patent data and enabling a higher level of customisation. Legal status information can now be included with options to filter this information by country/date and the ability to include a link to the legal status timeline for the patents of interest.

In PatBase Express, it’s now possible to share results, add results to folders and search within a folder.

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Enhanced Legal Status View in PatBase

Enhanced legal status view in PatBase

Here at Minesoft, we’ve recently updated the legal status section in PatBase. The legal status viewer provides INPADOC legal status information about publications within a family, using colour coding to help you visualise the data. Updated on a weekly basis (every Thursday), so you know the information is up-to-date and reliable. More…

New PatBase Enhancements


PatBase full text filters are now active for all PatBase searches

Minesoft has now made PatBase Full Text filters available for all PatBase searches. Previously, the Full Text filters, such as country, section, publication, were only active when conducting a keyword search. Users can now use the same filters for any type of search (e.g. assignee, inventor, classification code) by clicking on the Hit Analysis button in the Full Text or Hits view. The filters will then apply when the user moves on to the next record in PatBase. The advantage of such filters is the ability to focus your analysis on a country or section (e.g. claims) of interest to enhance the efficiency by which you can review a set of results.

New PatBase enhancement: PatBase Tip

The new PatBase Tip feature allows users to change the number of records per page when viewing search results. The tool allows for flexibility in viewing results; even if you have your display options set at 1- records per page in PatBase, you can use the “l x-y” command to change the number of records displayed per page, which is remembered when you click next.

PatBase family notes and rankings are now visible to PatBase Express users

Minesoft has optimized the PatBase Express results options for its users, allowing them access to family notes and rankings that may have been added to results folders published by PatBase users.



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New PatBase Thesaurus Goes Live!

Minesoft is pleased to announce the release of an innovative new search interface development that has been added to PatBase. The new, multi-disciplinary “PatBase Thesaurus” offers new capability and features as well as incorporating previously available search functionality and options that can now be found in one area of the Menu-driven Search Interface.  “Chemical Search”, “Language Explorer” (translation of specialised Sci-Tech terminology), the PatBase Dictionary and the newly designed Thesaurus have been brought together into one easy-to-use section of the PatBase Search Interface, allowing clients to drill down further into areas of interest. The service allows users to identify and add synonyms, keywords, acronyms and translations of particular terms to a PatBase search strategy, optimising the way patent & technology researchers can locate patents. A type-ahead functionality makes it even easier to identify term(s) of interest, find synonyms and ultimately search selected synonyms in PatBase.

PatBase Thesaurus has been designed to offer a variety of specific categories right from the start, such as Genes and Proteins, Chemicals or Languages, relevant in many areas of international patent research. Direct links are also provided to third party resources such as the National Institution of Biological Information or Wikipedia.  The new PatBase Thesaurus option makes it easier to delve more deeply into a patent or technology subject search and critically, it helps locate the correct search terms.  PatBase Thesaurus has been designed to help patent researchers control how narrow or broad their ultimate search should be.

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Minesoft launches new version of CiteTracker for monitoring patent citations

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Global Intellectual Property information specialist Minesoft has released a new, improved version of CiteTracker, the only application on the market able to automatically track and identify newly published patent citations.

Patent citations can provide a valuable insight into competitor activity and opportunities and threats around technology areas of interest. Tracking patent citations forms an important part of an organisation’s competitive intelligence strategy and CiteTracker – launched originally at the end of 2014 – allows users to be automatically alerted to new citations of interest each week as they are added to patent documents.

Rob Poolman, Senior Manager, Innovation and Consulting at Minesoft, explains, “Organisations can use CiteTracker in-house to monitor which competitors are citing their own patent portfolio, or to discover what technologies are most frequently being cited. IP law or patent attorney firms can expand their IP services offering by providing clients with a watch service based on CiteTracker results. With no comparable services currently available on the market, CiteTracker offers organisations a unique, time-saving business intelligence resource.”

The latest iteration of CiteTracker follows an extensive period of development and testing by Minesoft’s in-house software development team, with the aim of improving the user experience and maximising the time-saving capabilities of the service. Features such as the ability to filter citations by direction (backward/forward), jurisdiction, examiner category code and assignee, and the option to remove self-citations, all speed up the review process. For the first time, Analytics functionality has been built in to the service, enabling users to visualise the number of citations over time and the top assignees (patent owners). The all-new interface also includes seamless links to Citation Explorer – an interactive tool developed by Minesoft for exploring citation data including a citation tree and timeline – for in-depth investigation of relevant citations.

With additional capabilities including enhanced reporting functionality and the collation of all alerts into a single, simple email, CiteTracker presents a streamlined solution for capturing and reviewing newly published patent citations as part of a comprehensive Competitive Intelligence strategy.

For more information about CiteTracker, contact Minesoft on [email protected] or +44(0)208 404 0651