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INPAFAMDB – global patent information for the full spectrum of technologies

06. June 2008

FIZ Karlsruhe has released a new patent family file on STN International / 36 million patent families with 65 million publications

Karlsruhe, Germany, June 2008  - FIZ Karlsruhe has released the new bibliographic patent family file INPAFAMDB (International Patent Family Database) on STN International. Data sources of INPAFAMDB are the EPO Patent Information Resource that currently covers 81 patent authorities, and the INPADOC legal status file covering 51 authorities. INPAFAMDB currently contains about 36 million patent families with 65 million publications dating back to the early 19th century. The family data has been quality-improved by FIZ Karlsruhe. 

A patent family comprises all worldwide patent publications belonging to one invention. Thus it provides valuable insights, e.g. as to where a particular invention is brought to market and in which countries the patent owner is active.

“As we index all publications of a patent family as one entity, and considering the broad worldwide coverage of 81 patent offices, INPAFAMDB is an excellent database for state of the art searches, but also for monitoring the market and the competitive environment. The information obtained is an excellent basis for strategic business decisions”, says Claus-Dieter Siems, Senior Patent Product Manager at FIZ Karlsruhe. “INPAFAMDB’s design also provides maximum multi-file prior-art synergy with the Chemical Abstracts database CAplus and the Derwent World Patents Index on STN, the world´s foremost value-add databases in the patent field.”

INPAFAMDB records contain
- bibliographic information for all family members from 81 patent authorities, incl. 12.6 million English abstracts for 8.5 million families
- fully integrated legal status for 51 patent authorities, including the seven categories assigned by FIZ Karlsruhe to simplify legal status searches
- citations from 13 patent authorities.

Time coverage for the most important industrialized countries reaches back to the 19th century: USA (1836), GB (1840), D (1879), FR (1900), and Japan (1944). With its coverage of 81 authorities and its invention-based search indexes, INPAFAMDB is especially useful for performing comprehensive prior-art searches in primary data using free-text (terms from titles and abstracts) and/or classifications (IPC, ECLA, ICO, IDT, and national classifications incl. US). For a better overview and in order to reduce the information overload, display formats with de-duplicated content have been created.

For further information, please contact:
FIZ Karlsruhe, STN Europe
Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1
76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Germany
Phone: +49-7247 808 555, Fax: +49-7247 808 259
helpdesk(at)fiz-karlsruhe(dot)de

Press contact:
FIZ Karlsruhe, Rüdiger Mack
Phone: +49- 72 47 808-513, Fax:+49-7247 808-134
Ruediger.Mack(at)fiz-karlsruhe(dot)de

About FIZ Karlsruhe:
FIZ Karlsruhe is an experienced service partner for information management and knowledge transfer in science and industry. Its activities focus on the development of e-Science solutions and the provision of a worldwide unique collection of databases through its online service STN International.

STN International - The Scientific & Technical Information Network - is jointly operated by FIZ Karlsruhe (Europe) and Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), Columbus, Ohio (USA) worldwide and is represented in Japan by The Japan Association for International Chemical Information (JAICI). STN offers a wide range of indispensable databases as well as excellent tools for search, analysis and post-processing of search results. Decision-makers in enterprises and institutions highly appreciate the valuable information provided by STN.

In cooperation with national and international institutions, FIZ Karlsruhe produces and provides databases in various fields of science and technology, including the most distinguished patent files.

The new possibilities offered by a digitized working environment change the way in which knowledge is generated throughout the research process and influence the way of searching, analysing and further using information. KnowEsis, FIZ Karlsruhe’s E-Science solutions, help universities, research institutes, and interdisciplinary scientific organizations manage the heterogeneity of information in today’s world.

FIZ Karlsruhe is a member of the Leibniz Association (WGL), an association of non-academic scientific research and service institutions.