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Search Example: Patents - Search by Inventor Name
Question: What are the recent inventions of Pier Paolo Boattini?
Strategy: Locate the patent information in databases with international coverage such as WPINDEX (Derwent World Patents Index) and CAplus.
Search Strategy
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To log on to STN Easy, simply enter your login ID and password.
Then click "Start Your Session."
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   Select Search Mode:
STN Easy Search Page
The Search Page is displayed. It offers three different search options: "Easy", "Advanced" and "CAS Number" Search.
To locate patent information, select the "Advanced Search" tab.
The Advanced Search option prompts you to choose the category of databases you wish to search. Click the "Select Your Category" button for the list of categories.
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   Select Databases:
Select database category
An additional browser window is opened. It displays the list of STN Easy database categories.
Select the "Patents, International" category and click the Database Folder icon to see the list of databases included in this category.
De-select all but the WPINDEX and CAplus databases. Then click "OK".
The window closes and the name of the category is displayed next to the
"Select Your Category" button. - You are ready to enter the search terms.
Helpful HINT: For complete coverage, it can be important to search in all international patent databases simultaneously.
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How to choose the appropriate Patent Database Category
   Enter Search Terms:
Enter search terms
Depending on the selected patent database, the Search Page features up to 16 different search-fields (e.g. inventor, patent assignee, patent number, patent classes, publication year, and more) which can be used singly or in combination.
Pick the search-field "Inventor" from the first drop-down box. Enter the inventor's last name and first initial in the appropriate search box.
Click the green "Search" button. - Please note: The price for the search fee is displayed below the Search button.
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Helpful HINT: You may click the grey "Browse Index" button on the right to confirm that the inventors name you entered is both spelled correctly and included in the database cluster you have chosen. Browse Index is free and an excellent way to preview your search before you actually pay for it !
Select the inventors names you wish to search from the "Browse Index" list.
In order to select discontinuous items hold down the Control key (Command key on Macintosh).
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   Answer Page:
Review titles at Answer Page
The list of answers is displayed in a table format on the Answer Page.
Your search question and total number of answers are shown at the top of the Answer Page as well.
STN Easy retrieves 21 patents in the two international patent databases you have selected! Because the list of answers of one database is provided in Most Recent Order by default (reverse chronological order) you easily find Pier Boattinis latest invention.
To display more information of a specific patent, simply click on its title hyperlink. The Display Format and Display Style drop-down menus at the bottom of the table of titles will be used.
The Display Style menu gives you two display style options. "STN Easy" style includes descriptive names for each field, e.g., Author, Title. "STN" style is a compact format identical to that used in STN command line displays. Fields are labeled with codes, e.g., AU, TI, rather than descriptive names. Searchers who are comfortable with traditional STN command line searching may prefer STN style. Both styles are the same price.
Helpful HINT: In order to view records for several answers at once, simply check the boxes next to the appropriate answers and click the blue "Display Answers" button at the bottom of the page.
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   Display Page:
See detailed record at Display Page
The detailed record of the desired patent is displayed in the selected format and style - right at your desktop.
To access the complete patent document, click the green "Full-Text Options" button that appears below the document record.
You are directly taken to the ChemPort Connection.
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   Full Text:
Chemport Connection
Several options are provided at the ChemPort web site, some with no additional charge and some with additional charges.
To retrieve the full text of the patent, simply click the "View e-patent" option which is available for the specific patent.
E.g. you are transferred to the Europea Patent Office website - free of additional charge.
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European Patent Office
At the European Patent Office website esp@cenet, click the patent number to retrieve the patent.
Full text
And the full text of the requested patent is displayed - right at your desktop.
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