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Online searching of patents databases a Southern African perspective

Online searching of patents databases a Southern African perspective Typical uses of patent information in the South African context are explained briefly, particularly novelty, infringement, family and equivalent searches. Certain computerised patents databases available on the DIALOG and ORBIT systems are outlined, with comments on the types of search for which they are appropriate, and on their limitations in terms of subjects, countries and time periods covered. Costsaving strategies and shortcuts, aimed at reducing the high cost of online patents searching for the South African user, are suggested. These include using Dialog's Dialindex, MAPping, and OneSearch, as well as the use of lowcost or training databases such as Dialog's ONTAP files and ORBIT s ORBPAT file. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Electronic Library Emerald Publishing

Online searching of patents databases a Southern African perspective

The Electronic Library , Volume 9 (4/5): 6 – Apr 1, 1991

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
0264-0473
DOI
10.1108/eb045079
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Abstract

Typical uses of patent information in the South African context are explained briefly, particularly novelty, infringement, family and equivalent searches. Certain computerised patents databases available on the DIALOG and ORBIT systems are outlined, with comments on the types of search for which they are appropriate, and on their limitations in terms of subjects, countries and time periods covered. Costsaving strategies and shortcuts, aimed at reducing the high cost of online patents searching for the South African user, are suggested. These include using Dialog's Dialindex, MAPping, and OneSearch, as well as the use of lowcost or training databases such as Dialog's ONTAP files and ORBIT s ORBPAT file.

Journal

The Electronic LibraryEmerald Publishing

Published: Apr 1, 1991

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