A one-stop shop


Katy Wood

A one-stop shop

PatBase provides access to millions of patent records in one big relational database from across the world. WIPR finds out how the database works and the benefits it offers.

“Ten years since its launch, PatBase is celebrating continued growth in all major world markets for patent searching and documentation, while during this time, both producer companies have won the Queen’s Award in the UK for sharp, sustained growth in sales overseas,” says Ann Chapman, co-founder of Minesoft, headquartered in London.

Owned by Minesoft Ltd and RWS Group (which acquired foreign filing company inovia In October), PatBase contains full texts from 23 patent offices, grouping equivalent patents filed in different countries into “families”, of which there are (currently) 48 million.

Where it all began

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