You can create your own report by conducting an advanced patent search, which allows you to include many different variables in one search session.
While one PTMD report shows patent data organized by geography and another report shows data organized by technology, an advanced search session allows you to search patent data by geography, organization, technology, issue date and more, all within one search. For more information on performing advanced patent searches, check out our Patent Searching Tutorial.
The Advanced Search feature allows you to create a search string that incorporates all of the fields you are interested in for your report.
Let's try an example:
When creating queries, the patent database requires that you use terms it understands. For some fields, you must use codes. For example, if you are creating a query that looks up patents in a particular country, you must specify the field (Assignee Country or "ACN") and use a country code. You can find the appropriate country code by looking at the Country Code Table.
Using these codes in place of country names will make your search much more effective. One way to derive useful information from the patent database is to search by technology in two different geographic areas. Let's try this:
To further understand patent class and subclass designations, try looking at our Patent Searching Tutorial.
In addition to searching data related to issued patents, you can also search patent applications. The patent application database contains all of the documents or published applications currently pending issuance. While there is no guarantee that these applications will become issued patents, the benefit to searching applications is that they often contain the most up-to-date evidence of an organization's technological activity and interests.
The full text of the published applications includes all bibliographic data, such as the inventor's name, the published application's title, and the assignee's name, as well as the abstract, the full description of the invention, and the claims. All of the words (text) in the publication are searchable. The search interface is identical to the one used for issued patents.
To search in the patent application database:
As with any research endeavor, you should be mindful of what statistics do not show you.
Also, some allege that patenting trends are more indicative of the health of the patent system than of the health of technology. Or it may be that the trends reveal more about the shifts in domestic technological development than about the relative balance between domestic and foreign technology.
You may call 512-495-4511 or contact the Engineering Library for additional help with patent searching.