Wednesday, April 30, 2008

New database of Australian patent applications

Marcus Browne of zdnet notes on May 1:

The AusPat database, launched this week as part of a joint initiative between the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (DIISR) and IP Australia, will allow researchers and the innovation industry to crosscheck patent applications with records dating back as far as 1979.


IP Australia's Johnson said that the database is divided up according to types of technology, and employs some search approximations similar to Google — such as a fuzzy logic — which takes into account potential spelling mistakes in a user's search terms.


IP Australia will also be working on uploading historical patent opposition data on to AusPat, with Johnson saying his aim is to include "as much information and as much specific detail about individual patents on the database as possible".


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