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.

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:


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

URL To Test a REST Call, XML Reply

Coding a simple REST caller and want a simple URL to test? You can use this:

URL = http://www.widgetblender.com/code/REST/reply.xml

Reply (XML):

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
  <message>Remember me this weekend</message>

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:

https://pantheon.io/ … mization-i-ever-made