Thomson Reuters Expands Japanese Patent Coverage

May 20, 2008

Thomson Reuters, a source of information for businesses and professionals, has added a registered Japanese Utility Models in Derwent World Patents Index (DWPI), a database of patent documents. The inclusion of the Japanese Utility Models provides access to Asian patents in English. Japanese Utility Models can be used to seek protection for devices that have a short lifecycle, or for inventions that have a lower technological aspect when compared to a full patent.