The International Patent Documentation file (INPADOC) is a global collection of bibliographic and legal status information. The INPADOC database is produced by the European Patent Office (EPO), enhanced by FIZ Karlsruhe editorial team, and provided in two enhanced versions on STN: INPADOCDB in which one patent application represents one record, and INPAFAMDB, in which one global patent family represents one record.
In this e-seminar, we will provide a short introduction to INPADOC on STN, including an overview about the content and the database organization, and will present the legal status data of INPADOC in more detail. The STN implementation of INPADOC with two files allows efficient searching, from broad to highly granular. We will illustrate this by discussing different case studies, e.g. searching for country specific information from EP and PCT applications, searching for SPC information and discuss recent coverage extensions for pre-grant legal status information from US.
This e-Seminar will be of interest to those new on STN and also to more experienced searchers looking to update and refresh their INPADOC skills on STN.