Expanding the Scope of Free Global Intellectual Property Databases

The capabilities and scope of freely available global intellectual property (IP) databases are constantly growing.  Recently, TMview and PubChem announced updates that widen their capability for IP search and analysis from various global jurisdictions.


IP Australia Joins TMview

IP Australia has joined TMview, a free global online tool from the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) that facilitates word and image trade mark searching from the 74 participating offices around the world.  Over 1.6 million Australian trade marks have now been added to the database.

A range of IP right, bibliographic and legal status information can be searched and investigated, including the words and images constituting the mark, the goods and services protected, ownership, legal status and registration date.  Access to details at the office of origin is also provide.

This news follows closely the announcement that the EUIPO had launched improved versions of both its TMview (trade marks) and DesignView (designs) databases.  The improvements include a wider set of search criteria and abilities to fine tune queries, a function to compare trade marks and designs side-by-side, and the capability to export to PDF, Excel and Word formats.


PubChem Chemical Search Enhanced with WIPO Chemical Structures

PubChem is the National Institutes of Health (NIH) open chemistry database that provides the world’s largest collection of freely accessible chemical information.

The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) has an extensive searchable database of IP-related chemical data, built through a collaboration with German cheminfomatics software company InfoChem.  This dataset is made available through WIPO’s patent database PATENTSCOPE.

WIPO has recently contributed over 16 million chemical structures to PubChem.  These can be searched within PubChem by name, molecular formula, structure, and other identifiers.  Information including chemical and physical properties, biological activities, safety and toxicity information, patents, and literature citations can be retrieved.  PubChem users also have access to relevant patent information via direct links back to PATENTSCOPE.



These developments expand and advance the provision of freely available intellectual property information.

For those with an interest in the Australian market, who wish to understand the IP landscape there, the provision of Australian trade marks on TMview improves their abilities to conduct such analyses.

Similarly, for anyone working in the chemistry and related fields, WIPO’s contribution to PubChem is a welcome enhancement for accessing comprehensive patent information in such disciplines.

Alistair Curson



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