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Notice of the Launch of the Japan Platform for Patent Information

 
The Japan Platform for Patent Information (J-PlatPat), a new service to provide patent information, will start on March 23, 2015.

1. Background

As prescribed in the Intellectual Property Basic Act, an important intellectual property policy is to undertake the necessary measures to provide patent information for the users promptly using the Internet. (Article 20 of Intellectual Property Basic Act)
Recently, against the backdrop of focused R&D investment and smooth overseas business activities by Japanese companies, the users’ needs for patent information, which is a huge source of information on technologies, are becoming more sophisticated and diversified.
Also, regarding patent information which is a huge source of information on technologies, it was decided in the Intellectual Property Promotion Plan for 2014 that the Industrial Property Digital Library (IPDL) will be renovated and then a new service to provide intellectual property information will be developed in order to support such users as small and medium enterprises (SMEs), venture companies, etc. amid such focused R&D investment and smooth overseas business activities.

2. Japan Platform for Patent Information (J-PlatPat)

As for patent information, in order to meet the increasingly sophisticated and diversified needs, the Japan Platform for Patent Information (J-PlatPat), which is a new service to provide patent information, will be provided from March 23, 2015.
The J-PlatPat will offer user-friendly services and play the role of a new information base to provide patent information, including information on designs and trademarks, through such means as enhanced search-service functions, a renovated user interface, cooperation with external service providers, and a service to download bulk data on patent publications, etc. (for private information service providers). In the future, in order to provide the enhanced services more widely, further consideration will be given to the feasibility of more expeditious provision of information, references to patent family information, and cooperation in services with other foreign IP Offices.

Windows for the New Service

The main services/functions available on the Japan Platform for Patent Information are as follows:
Note: changes may be made as the service is still under development.

  • Top Page
    • Top page
    • ①Under each area of the law, a matrix consisting of ‘Number search,’ ‘Classification search,’ ‘Text search,’ and ‘Classification’ is indicated to enable easy access to the designated service.
  • Window for Patent Map Guidance
    • Patent Map Guidance
    • ①FI/F-term searching by keywords is possible.
      Using English keywords enables easy access to the patent classification in the field to be searched.
    • ②Enhancing the view with the use of tabs to indicate search items.
  • Window for Searching PAJ
    • Searching PAJ
    • ①A more specific search is possible by narrowing down the search results with 3 items: ‘Abstract,’ ‘Title of invention,’ and ‘Applicant.’

For details of the main functions and menu windows of the Japan Platform for Patent Information as well as updated information, please visit the National Center for Industrial Property Information and Training (INPIT) website below.
(http://www.inpit.go.jp/english/distri/J_platpat/index.html (External link))
The details and the basic operation procedure for the Japan Platform for Patent Information will be explained in the sessions to be held in major Japanese cities from next January.

Additionally, the present IPDL will be closed on March 20, 2015.

[Last updated 1 September 2014]

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