Minesoft and RWS Group have added important new Asian patent collections to their global patent database, PatBase.

Bibliographic and full text coverage have been expanded for Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Vietnam. This is in addition to patent collections from China, South Korea and other Asian patent-issuing authorities. PatBase currently contains collections from over 100 worldwide patent authorities, all searchable from a single platform.

Alongside new data collections, the database has an ongoing project to translate assignee names from non-Latin into English for the top patent filers in China, Japan, Korea and Thailand. Records that only have non-Latin members will have a searchable Latin (English) assignee name well in advance of the bibliographic details being made available, promise the companies.  So far over 10,000 translated assignee names have been added.


Danny Kingsley, deputy director at Cambridge University Library, looks back at her early days at Australian National University – and forward to the many challenges facing librarians

Analysis and opinion

While researchers, publishers and funders warm to data sharing, issues over misuse, citation and credit remain, reports Rebecca Pool