Minesoft and RWS Group have introduced new legal status data functionality to PatBase. The new Legal Status Timeline is said to give searchers a fresh way to obtain an overview of the legal events that have occurred during the lifetime of a patent application. A colour-coded timeline helps users see events over time, with a legend provided for quick reference.

Status information is also available for EP (European) designated states once the European patent has granted. This is said to represent a distinct advantage to PatBase users since this information is not readily available on other patent search platforms.
To improve search efficiency, the PatBase data team has now completed a project to create Legal Event Groupings. Similar events (for example Lapsed/Expired/Ceased/Dead) are grouped together and can now be searched simultaneously from the Legal Status search form, saving valuable time.


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