The Lens serves nearly all of the patent documents in the world as open, annotatable digital public goods that are integrated with scholarly and technical literature along with regulatory and business data. The Lens will allow document collections, aggregations, and analyses to be shared, annotated, and embedded to forge open mapping of the world of knowledge-directed innovation. Ultimately, this will restore the role of the patent system as a teaching resource to inspire and inform entrepreneurs, citizens and policy makers.
The new “Lens” contains bibliographic data for 81 million documents from 100+ patent issuing authorities from 1907 forward, plus searchable full-text coverage of US patents (1976+) and published applications (2001+), EP patents (1980+) and PCT applications (1978+). Registered users can save queries and search results, tag and annotate documents, and share results. Integrated analytics allow users to visualize search results by country, IPC, USPC, inventor, owner, applicant, year, biological organism, top cited patents and document type. Patent family and legal status are also available.
Within the next two years, they expect to host over 95% of the world's patent information and link to most of the scholarly literature, creating open public innovation portfolios of individuals and institutions.
Not all of these features appear to be implemented yet and future improvements are planned.
The Lens is not a replacement for Espacenet, but the ability to save large collections of documents is nice and the analytical tools are handy for constructing patent landscapes.
posted by K. Jane