Translation Journal
Caught in the Web

Web Surfing for Fun and Profit


by Cathy Flick, Ph.D.
List of German-English patent terms.
From Kirill Sereda: A patent-related web site for Japanese.
Free PatentDownloader from ONERIVER Software and Patent Solutions for Mac OS 10.4 or later. Really nice - will download directly from the Japanese, US, and WIPO patent sites and can save as rtf or pdf. Also cute Japanese good-luck cat as the icon (paw up).
Also check out this site for patents - I have sometimes have trouble seeing the images for older patents at the US Patent & Trademark Office site, but using freepatents gets past this problem. Kirill Sereda says about this Google patent site: "Although it has US granted patents only, it contains searchable fulltext for most pre-1976 patents. It is also considerably faster than the US PTO site and allows for more powerful searching techniques." (Note that pre-1976 patents are generally searchable only by date, number, and classification at the US patent office site, and sometimes their image viewing format is quirky.) Kirill adds: "In the future, Google plans to expand coverage to include patent applications, international patents, etc."
Patent searching glossary. (English)
Karen Tkaczyk "stumbled across [this] link on differences between US and European patents."
German-English excavation glossary.
Nondestructive testing glossary. (English),6493,148756,00.html
Assembly magazine.
Yves Lanthier points out this useful site: Downloadable French letter formats for various purposes.
Small patent glossary (in English) at the UK Patent Office site.
Free patent download sites.
Michael Roehrig says this is "a very complete dictionary with patent terminology in the broadest sense and allows searching in any combination of ten official EU languages." He recommends looking at the "About" page for a general introduction to "this really incredible website."
Paul Gallagher points out this useful patent glossary from the US Patent & Trademark Office.
5-language patent classification terminology (English, French, Italian, Spanish, German).
International Patent Classifications in English, German, French, Spanish, Italian..
Nice French-English-German patent glossary.
Belgian government site with links to French or Dutch information on patents. The French link gives French equivalents of English used in European Patents. Some Dutch information is available also if you follow the Dutch link.
German, English, French, Dutch information from the Belgian government (on economic affairs in general).
FIPS site (Russian patents). Some material is also in English.
Full text of all US patents issued since January 1, 1976, and full-page images of each page of every US patent issued since 1790. Since the Delphion collection has become less user-friendly, this is a good alternative for US patents at least. Seems faster also.
Deborah Powell found this "virtual intellectual property library." Huge list of links.

IBM's Patents Database is a goldmine that now unfortunately requires subscription! Searchable titles and claims, and images of the patents themselves for quite a few years back now:
Pedro Misner pointed out this web site of the US Patent & Trademark Office (searchable).
Penny Langton points out this useful site: “I’ve just stumbled across a brilliant web site which explains all about patent procedures (in English).”
Manual of Patent Examining Procedure published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (hyperlinked version, but not yet searchable).
Manual of Patent Examining Procedure published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (searchable version).
Geli Spears says "the European Patent Office has a searchable database" at this site.
Geli Spears also points out this "really great collection of patent links, including a glossary of patent terms by Cornell University... They have a special trademark site, too."
Margaret Marks suggests the WIPO [World Intellectual Property Organization] database of relevant legislation in English, French and Spanish