The article on GPI in the last Patent Information News explains the added value of queries combining names in Latin alphabet with names in original languages such as Japanese, Chinese and Korean languages.
In order to easily identify original applicant names used in patent documents, GPI now enables you to add a column “Applicant (ORIGINAL)” in your result list as shown below:
As you can see in the above screen-shot, applicant names are sometimes only available in the original language (Chinese in this example). A possible preliminary query for identifying the Chinese name of Siemens AG is:
PUC = CN AND APPD = “SIEMENS AG” AND APPO=*
It will retrieve Chinese publications (criterion PUC) where the applicant name in DOCDB format is “SIEMENS AG” (criterion APPD) and where the applicant name in ORIGINAL format is also available (criterion APPO).
Then you could copy the Chinese name(s) of Siemens AG displayed in your result list
(for example 西门子公司) and paste it(them) in your query to improve the completeness of your search results, using the search criterion APP which covers all applicant names in all formats:
APP = "SIEMENS AG" OR 西门子公司
Please note that the right truncation can also be used for names. For example:
APP = SIEMENS OR 西门子*
is a valid query and will retrieve patent documents where the applicant is Siemens AG, Siemens Medical, Siemens Corp, etc. (in Latin alphabet and/or in Chinese language).
Last but not least, the GPI user manual (PDF file) is now up-to-date.
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