Special Members of Patent Families: Non-conventional Equivalents
Special Members of Patent Families -
Recorded STN e-Seminar
Patent families in key STN databases offer great value to IP professionals when determining the global protection of an invention and locating national publications of interest. While most family members are identified based on priority data relationships, some family members are non-convention equivalents. These include publications filed without priority data by non-residents, publications filed outside the 12 month priority period of the Paris Patent Convention, and publications filed in countries not part of the Paris Patent Convention. This presentation will explore the inclusion of non-conventional equivalents in patent families in CAplus®, Derwent World Patent Index®, and INPADOC, including techniques for their identification and their value for patent information consumers.