Patent Information News issue 2/2008 がEPOのHPで公開されました。
１．Change in PCT kind codes
The kind codes on published PCT international applications will be changed in late 2008.
A1 - no change, initial publication with International Search Report (ISR)
A2 - no change, initial publication without ISR
A3 - modified, later publication of ISR (no longer used for amended claims)
A4 - new code, later publication of amended claims
A8 - new code, correction of bibliographic data/front page elements
A9 - new code, correction to the content of the document, description, claims etc.
３．New patent search site
PriorSmart.com is an interesting new website for patent searchers which links your query to various patent search sites, including esp@cenet, WIPO-PATENTSCOPE, and the USPTO, as well as Google Patents and many nationalsearch sites. You can search by title, abstract, claims, assignee, inventor, description or IPC, with the Web interface in English, Spanish, French, German, Russian, Chinese, Japanese or Korean.
４．New IP training website
Readers may be interested to know about a new website with information about IP training and innovation. The ip4inno site, operated by the EPO inco-operation with 18 project partners, was launched at the beginning of March. Aimed at SMEs and IP trainers, the site provides information about the economic environment in selected European countries, a searchable database of trainers, and details of the innovation support structures in various countries.