Dialog, a Thomson business and provider of online-based information services and integrated information solutions, has added a database of German fulltext patents, with integrated English-language machine translations, to its Dialog-branded family of services. The new file (324) contains about 3.1 million German patent records starting in 1967 and is published by Univentio, a Dutch-based aggregator of patent data from around the world. Univentio also supplies Dialog with WIPO/PCT Patents Fulltext (File 349) (World Intellectual Property Organization/Patent Cooperation Treaty).
Patent records from 1980 forward, which total about 1.8 million and include all German patent applications, granted patents, and utility models for the time period, are in fulltext German with English translations of the abstracts, specifications, and claims. The availability of translated text enables non-German speaking researchers to use English-language keywords to search the Univentio file. It also allows users to generate a quick overview of retrieved records prior to a more thorough translation. Pre-1980 patents contain bibliographic information only. Univentio utilizes OCR (optical character recognition) technology to scan and digitize printed German records. New German patent records are accessible through Dialog within four or five business days after publication by the German patent authority.