Thursday AM August 21st, 2008

Patents.com has around 12 million searchable worldwide patent documents in three languages, with plans to add another 12 languages.ξ Patents.com co-founder Paul Ratcliffe says the site not only provides data, but a place to connect with other professionals and a place to buy, sell, license and service patents.

"You know, it's the beginning, but, you know, we've got a lot of features and tools that we'll be adding.ξ And some of those will allow users to track and monitor, you know, patents in specific categories, key words, et cetera, and sort of automatically monitor technology in a given space; therefore, you know, being able to have an international eye on everything taking place in your area of interest."

Ratcliffe, who is a former patent attorney, says the site is designed to be a catalyst for accelerated global growth of the market for intellectual property.

"We've got international patent data.ξ We are a private enterprise that is focused on accumulating worldwide data, and focused on translating that data and providing it free to users over the Internet.ξ The site, you know, in its essence is, you know, geared at, you know, helping everybody filter through, you know, the tons of patent data to find the relevant patents, you know, for what they're searching."ξ

Patents.com is designed to be a one-stop shop for all intellectual property needs from data and translation, and ultimately to the licensing and sale of IP through a global patent exchange.ξ Ratcliffe says the site will help those who want to approach patent owners for licensing or sales.ξ

Ed Mayberry, KUHF Houston Public Radio News.

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