The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has expanded its suite of online services with an online platform providing free access to comprehensive, unbiased, and structured reports on many patent databases. WIPO INSPIRE (Index of Specialized Patent Information Reports) will help a range of stakeholders in searching the myriad of patent databases around the world.

IPO Director General Daren Tang welcomed the launch of WIPO INSPIRE which serves as a one-stop shop for information on commercial patent databases. By bringing information on these databases together in one place, innovators, service providers, patent offices and other stakeholders in the innovation ecosystem can make more informed decisions regarding which databases to use. The Director General said WIPO INSPIRE is the fruit of an excellent public-private collaboration between WIPO, the owners of the databases and patent information user groups.

WIPO INSPIRE is our latest digital product to help innovators spread innovation for the widest human benefit.  It is a platform that helps users reach informed decisions on the patent-search tools that suit them best in their work, whether they are examining patents or making R&D related decisions.  Patents disclose important technical information that also serves as building blocks for other innovators and innovations.  WIPO INSPIRE facilitates this process and we hope that it will pave the way for more innovations to move faster to the market.

said Mr. Tang

WIPO INSPIRE offers a range of powerful but easy-to-use functionalities for both novice and expert patent information users in mind. They include:

  • a comparison of features for up to four patent databases,
  • an interactive world database coverage map, allowing users to determine, at a glance, which patent databases offer coverage of a specific jurisdiction.

WIPO INSPIRE is integrated with WIPO’s Patent Register Portal and eTISC, providing a seamless environment for users to get information about patent databases and patent registers and an opportunity to interact with patent information experts and discuss these tools.