Tuesday, June 6, 2017

(Over?) Using the official EPO API … time for the Dashboard

I have been creating a watcher for a US Patent Application ID that can automatically detect any new event for any of the EPO and Global Dossier linked applications in other countries (EP, back to the US, SK, JP, CN …). For the first time I was cut off for exceeding my allocation (1.5 GB a week) at the EPO API (for my given key). I was a bit surprised as I was not mining the API actively but doing a lot of testing and prototyping. I also cache the result of all the calls locally so I don’t hit the EPO API unless I need a daily update (say of the Family Record). So I will finish my EPO API internal dashboard to keep better track of the calls.

Friday, March 10, 2017

“Cited By” Daily Scanner For Patents and Patent Applications (Beta)

Ever wondered if someone just cited one of your patents? You can either check them one by one on the web, or you can set up a daily watcher that automatically screen scrapes specific patent data from Google Patents. One you have registered you can easily add one to many (in a comma delimited list of patent or patent application IDs). Delete one at a time as well. You will get an email if a new patent or patent application cites your patent or patent application. Inside the email is a direct link to the Google Patent page of both the patent or patent application you are watching and the new patent or patent application as well. In addition a direct link to the WidgetBlender Patent Timeline Visualization will show you the relationships between your watched patent or patent application and items it cited and all the items that cite it. If this sounds interesting just send a request for a user account (including an email address) to the Contact area to the right —>

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Patent Timeline Visualizer (Beta)

Google used to have a proper API to search its patent database, but it was deprecated. So I created an HTML screen scraper to get at some key information based on Google Patent Search and its HTML result page. Simply enter a valid US Patent Office Patent Number and get back a timeline visualization of patents cited as prior art, and newer patents that now cite the patent number you entered. Check it our here (it has been tested with Chrome as the browser):

Patent Timeline Visualizer Beta (click here)

Want more features? Use the contact form on the right sidebar ———–>

The server component is written in about 400 lines of PHP. The javascript graphic library is vis.js.

Sample Screen:

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

PHP 7 for Web Services Integration

It was nice to see that PHP 7 was 2 to 3 times faster than before See here. Given its advantage in speed over Python PHP 7it is worthy of another look.

Some good references:

http://www.tutorialspoint.com/php7/
https://pantheon.io/ … mization-i-ever-made