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Search functionality

It is possible to search using å, ä, ö.

Upper-case and lower-case letters give the same results, i.e. you get the same results for "Cat" as "cat".

 

Exact searches

In order to search for an exact phrase, use "" (quotation marks) around the desired search phrase. Example: "streaming media"

 

Intelligent searches

In the fields where you search by name (Applicant, Inventor, Representative), a search for Larson gives results both for Larson and Larsson.
A search for �n also gives results for en.
A search for Donald's also gives results for Donalds.

 

Nested queries

By using parentheses you can combine several terms.
A search for "((mouse OR rat) AND trap) OR mousetrap" retrieves all the results where "mouse" or "rat" appear together with "trap" and all documents where "mousetrap" appears.

 

Boolean operators

By using boolean operators you can limit or widen a search. By using AND you state that all terms must be in the search. To exclude terms you use NOT. To widen the search by at least one of the terms you use OR.

It is possible to use the operators AND, OR and NOT in both the Swedish and the English interfaces. It is possible to use both upper-case and lower-case letters, i.e. "and", "or", "not" also work as search operators.

 

AND

OCH

"Doll AND pram" gives results for both doll and pram.

 

OR

ELLER

"Doll OR pram" gives results which include at least one of the words.

 

NOT

INTE

"Doll NOT pram" only gives results with the first word.

 

Truncation

By using the following symbols you can widen a search to cover a number of "unknown characters".
Asterisk *
By using * you can search for a string of unknown characters.
House* gives House, Houseboat, Household

Question mark ?
By using a question mark ? you can search for one unknown character.

Sm?th gives Smith and Smyth
Truncation using the above symbol can occur at the end or in the middle of a word.

 

Number of search terms and search combinations

A maximum of 2,000 characters can be written in one and the same search .
Depending on the used truncations, the search may be expanded by the system to a large number of search combinations. A maximum of 16,000 search terms can be combined.

 


Quick search

A "Quick Search" allows you to search for one or more words, numbers or a combination. For a complete search with classes, the classification fields in "Advanced Search" or "Classification Search" should be used. It is possible to use the boolean operators AND, OR and NOT, written in upper case or lower case. If no operator is given, AND is used automatically.
Example: "telephone AND subscriber"

 

See also General search tips

 


Advanced search

An "Advanced Search" allows you to combine different search criteria and search more specifically by entering search terms in different fields.
The different fields are connected by the AND operator. In all fields were nothing else is specified it is possible to use the boolean operators AND, OR, NOT written in upper case or lower case. At least one of the fields must be filled in for a search.

 

See also General search tips

 

About text searches

You can search by using one or more terms. The search is performed in the full text from patent documents. If no operator is given, AND is used automatically. It is possible to limit the search to cover only titles.

 

About numbers

A search covers both application number and publication number. If no operator is given, OR is used automatically. It is not necessary to state EP or SE in front of a number. Full stops or hyphens do not need to be included when searching by application number. No spaces are allowed in a specified number. It is not possible to use truncations in this search field.
Example: (National numbers) 501112 92036243 SE501112
Example: (EP numbers) 1082990 00850145 EP00850145

 

About classification

A search is performed using IPC-2014.01 (the current IPC), IPC1-IPC7, CPC and DPK (German classification) classifications. Letters can be written in lower case or upper case. No spaces are allowed in classification symbols. If no operator is given, OR is used automatically.
It is not possible to use truncations in this search field, but it is possible to search for more than an exact class. In the table below it is shown which terms are allowed and not allowed to use.

ClassificationComment
BAllowed
B8Not allowed
B82Allowed
B82bAllowed
B82b1Not allowed
B82b1/Allowed
B82b1/0Not allowed
B82b1/00Allowed

 

About dates

A search is performed using the chosen date type. You can search by date within an interval. The date is written as YYYYMMDD. Example: If only "from 2005" is stated and no end date is given, information is shown from 1 January 2005 until today�s date. If "from 2005" and "until 2006" is stated, information is shown from 1 January 2005 until 31 December 2006.
Observe that if you choose to search for documents by specifying "publication date" no EP-documents will be displayed, since these dates are not at present accessible in our databases. A search for EP patents using publication dates gives no results.

 

About priority numbers

Priority numbers are the numbers of the originally filed applications that the present application is based upon. A priority number consists of a country code followed by the number of the originally filed application. Truncation may be used in a priority number. Writing SE07*, will result in all priority documents from Sweden in 2007, or writing FI* will result in all priority documents from Finland. If no operator is given, OR is used automatically. The search operators AND, NOT cannot be used in this field.

 

About applicant/patentee

A search is performed in material from around 1975 onwards. In older material you can often get results for applicants/patentees in a full text search (field: "Search in all text"). Searches are also made for earlier applicants. A search for, for example, "Larson" also gives results for "Larsson". If no operator is given, AND is used automatically.

 

About inventor

A search is performed in material from around 1975 onwards. In older material you can often get results for inventors in a full text search (field: "Search in all text"). A search for, for example, "Larson" also gives results for "Larsson". If no operator is given, AND is used automatically

 

About representative

A search is performed in material from around 1975 onwards. In older material you can sometimes get results for representatives in a full text search (field: "Search in all text"). A search for, for example, "Larson" also gives results for "Larsson". If no operator is given, AND is used automatically.

 

About city/postal code

A search is performed using the address fields for applicant/patentee, inventor and representative. If only "city" is filled in, all results which include the city in one of those field are shown. In order to specify the address field you can use "Options for searching by city". Postal codes should be written without a space, i.e. "12345", not "123 45". A search using only part of a postal code can be made by truncation using *. If no operator is given, OR is used automatically when more cities or postal codes are entered.
Example: Field City/postal code: Kisa and field Inventor: Hans Andersson
Example 2: Field City/postal code: 112* OR 113*

 

Options for searching by city

In order to specify address field for City/postal code, you use "Options for searching by city".

 

About type of notification

The search covers the different types of notifications that can occur during the time a patent application/patent is being processed with the exception for c.f. decisions to reinstitute rights according to Section 72 of the Swedish Patents Act and limitation of Swedish patents and European patent. If, for example, you only want to search for "granted patents", "revoked patent" or "amended patents" etc. you can choose these titles from the drop down menu. To limit your search to a specific period, choose year and gazette number. To further limit the search, you can combine the above search with the different fields of search, in "advanced search".

 

About Published in the Swedish Patent Gazette

Here you can search for applications/patents which have been published in the Swedish Patent Gazette, during a specific period with the exception for c.f. decisions to reinstitute rights according to Section 72 of the Swedish Patents Act and limitation of Swedish patents and European patent. For example, if you search for all notifications that have been published from 2010 until today you write the year 2010. The search is then performed for all material published from 01-2010 until the current week. If you want to limit your search to a specific period, you can write for example; Year: 2007 Nr: 2 -- Year: 2007 Nr: 20. The performed search can be combined with an option from type of notification or with any of the above fields; for example inventor, applicant or classification.
Example: To view a list of rejected oppositions during the past year; choose "Type of notifications" open drop down menu, choose "Rejected oppositions" and "Published in the Swedish Gazette" Year: 2011. The result of the performed search covers all rejected oppositions, from gazette nr. 01-2011 until the current week .

 

 


Classification search

About patent classification systems and classification searches

In order to search within different technical fields you can use different patent classification systems; CPC (the Cooperative Patent Classification), IPC (the International Patent Classification) and DPK (the German classification system). No patent classification system is comprehensive for Swedish patent documentation. However, all Swedish patent documents have a classification in either CPC or DPK. A search which covers relevant parts of both of those patent classification systems therefore covers the whole of the Swedish documentation as regards patent specifications and pre-grant publications published since 1885 and abstracts of publicly available patent applications published from 1975 onwards. All Swedish patent specifications and publicly available applications published from 1972 onwards have a classification in one or more versions of IPC.

 

For more information, see
Classification information in Swedish Patent Database
and
Classification information about Swedish patent documents

 

See also General search tips

 

General search tips for all search fields for classification

In all search fields for classification OR is used automatically if no operator is given. It is possible to use the boolean search operators AND, OR written in upper case or lower case. No spaces are allowed in classification symbols. It is not possible to use truncations in this search field (except for DPK, see more information below), but it is possible to search for more than an exact class. In the table below it is shown which terms are allowed and not allowed to use.

ClassificationComment
BAllowed
B8Not allowed
B82Allowed
B82bAllowed
B82b1Not allowed
B82b1/Allowed
B82b1/0Not allowed
B82b1/00Allowed

Observe that DPK-symbols can be truncated at any position in the DPK-symbol. To truncate, using an asterisk (*) is necessary, otherwise there will be no search results. Example: A search for DPK 88 will return no results because it is not a complete classification symbol. A search for 88* will return all the symbols in class 88, for example 88c-2/03.

 

About IPC

A search is done in IPC-2014.01 (the current IPC) and in the older versions IPC1-IPC7. The international patent classification system (IPC) is used as a tool to find technology within a certain field. The system has a hierarchical structure where you can identify the technical area down to a very exact level; A41D 10/00 = Pyjamas; Nightdresses

Detailed information about how to use IPC can be found in the IPC Guide (link in the left column).

 

About IPC-2014.01

A search is done in IPC-2014.01 (the current version of the IPC). The international patent classification system (IPC) is used as a tool to find technology within a certain field. The system has a hierarchical structure where you can identify the technical area down to a very exact level; A41D 10/00 = Pyjamas; Nightdresses
Search queries can be made at different levels depending on how exact you would like the result to be, e.g. A41D, A41D10/ and A41D10/00 (search instructions for this field see General search tips for all search fields for classification).

Detailed information about how to use IPC can be found in the IPC Guide (link in the left column).

 

About IPC1-IPC7

Between 1968 and 2005 the IPC was updated approximately every five years. The numbers 1 to 7 indicate which version of the IPC classification scheme that was used. Search instructions for this field see General search tips for all search fields for classification.

 

About CPC

The Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) is used by the EPO and the USPTO as a tool for novelty searches. It is based on the International Patent Classification (IPC), but has many additional subdivisions. The CPC is revised continuously. For search instructions for this field see General search tips for all search fields for classification.

 

About German classification (DPK)

The German patent classification system was used by PRV and several other European patent offices before 1971. DPK-symbols can be truncated at any position in the DPK-symbol. To truncate, using an asterisk (*) is necessary, otherwise there will be no search results. Example: A search for DPK 88 will return no results because it is not a complete classification symbol. A search for 88* will return all the symbols in classification 88, for example 88c-2/03.
More search instructions for this field see General search tips for all search fields for classification.

For more information, see The Classification Symbols of the German Patent Classification (DPK)

 


Supplementary Protection Certificate (SPC)

About Supplementary Protection Certificate (SPC)

The duration of a patent for an invention is 20 years from the filing date of the patent application. For medical patents and plant protection products, however, the duration of protection can be extended by up to five years. Such an extension is called supplementary protection or SPC (Supplementary Protection Certificate). One patent can have more than one SPC. For medical patents intended for children there is a possibility to get an extra extension for a maximum of 6 months.

 

In the search fields for SPC it is possible to search for granted SPCs, applications for SPCs or information about extended SPCs. The search fields are connected with the operator AND. At least one field must be filled in. In all fields were nothing else is specified it is possible to use the boolean operators AND, OR, NOT written in upper case or lower case.

 

See also General search tips


About application numbers for supplementary protection

The application number for a supplementary protection application starts with two digits indicating the year, followed by a nine, e.g. 0890099. An application number for an extended SPC will have the digit one after the digit nine, e.g. 0891099. The search is done either on the SPC number or the number of the extended SPC. It is possible to search either by the SPC application number or the basic application number. A basic patent may have several SPCs. If no operator is given, OR is used automatically. The search operators AND, NOT cannot be used in this field. Full stops or hyphens do not need to be included when searching by application number.

 

About publication number (patent)

A search is performed either on the basic application- or patent number. If no operator is given, OR is used automatically. The search operators AND, NOT cannot be used in this field. Full stops or hyphens do not need to be included when searching by application number. It is not necessary to state EP or SE in front of a number.

 

Active substances/authorized products

Here you can search for the name of a substance or product which you are looking for. It is possible to use the boolean search operators AND, OR and NOT, written in upper case or lower case. If no operator is given, OR is used automatically.

 

About Patentee

A search also shows any previous applicant. A search for, for example, "Larson" also gives result for "Larsson". If no operator is given, AND is used automatically.
Example: "Svensson AND Anders".

 

About the number of first authorization

A search is performed on the number of the first SE authorization or the first authorization in the European Community. If no operator is given, OR is used automatically.

 

About period of validity

A search is performed on the duration of the SPC. You can search by date within an interval. Dates are written as yyyyMMdd. Example: If only "from 2005" is stated and no end date is given, information about all SPCs that have any part of their duration after 1 Januari 2005 until today's date is shown. If "from 2005" and "until 2006" is stated, information about all SPCs that have any part of their duration between 1 January 2005 and 31 December 2006 is shown.

 

About type of notification

Among notifications regarding Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPC), only “SPC applications” and “Granted SPC” are searchable. To limit your search to a specific period, choose year and gazette number. To further limit the search, you can combine the above search with the different fields of search, in "advanced search".

 

About published in the Swedish Patent Gazette

Here you can search for Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPC) which have been published in the Swedish Patent Gazette under the headings "SPC applications" and "Granted SPC" during a specific period. For example, if you search for all notifications that have been published from 2010 until today you write the year 2010. The search is then performed for all material published from 01-2010 until the current week. If you want to limit your search to a specific period, you can write for example; Year: 2007 Nr: 2 - Year: 2007 Nr: 20. The performed search can be combined with an option from type of notification or with any of the above fields.

 


Search results - results list

The search query entered is shown at the top of the results list. The number of hits is shown and you can choose whether you would like 10, 20, 50 or 100 hits shown per page.
All hits are numbered. By clicking on the column headings, you can sort them in the order you wish. When the hits are re-sorted they will be renumbered. It is not possible to re-sort the results if the number of hits exceeds 100,000. Patent applications/patents which are in force are marked with a green circle before the application number. You can click on the information in the results list and go to the full record. If a hit has more than one classification or applicant it is sorted according to the first classification/applicant. If the information shown does not fit in the assigned space on the screen, this is marked with ... (three dots). Via the full records you have access to further information pages and online services, such as File Inspection and electronic payment.

 


Search results - full records

The full records are structured into different information groups.

Group 1 shows application number, title and status.

Group 2 shows application number, publication number, different publications and dates.

Group 3 shows classification information, applicant/patentee, inventor, representative, figures and abstract.

Group 4 shows priority data, patent family, applications which have a priority application common with the current application, supplementary protection and deposit of microorganisms. It should be noted that the priority data in our databases comes from different sources, which means that we cannot guarantee that the data regarding related applications is complete.

Group 5 shows annual fees and links to the current price list and PRV's Electronic Payment service.

Group 6 shows register, pledges and changes of patentee. There is also a link to the PRV File Inspection service. In the event information that is to be found in the full text you can also find information about events registered in the patent juridical register after the grant of the patent. In File Inspection no documents after the granting will be scanned if it is not an objection. This means that in the register information you are able to find information about for example transfers that you will not be able to locate in File Inspection

The information which is found in the full records is retrieved from PRV�s different registers and electronic archives.

If certain types of information are not available, empty headings are not shown.

 

Status

Here you can see the current status and any references to further information.

 

Application number

A national application number consists of 8 digits, of which the first two show the year and the last is a check digit e.g. 0801234-5. An EP application number is structured in the same way but consists of 9 digits, e.g. 08012345.6. Application numbers are unavailable for many older national patents.

 

Publication number

When a national (Swedish) patent is granted it receives a publication number. EP patent applications receive a 7-digit publication number when published at 18 months.

 

For more information, see Swedish patent publications.

 

Published as

Information about, and links to, the various publications that have resulted from the present application. Patent documents have INID (Internationally agreed Numbers for the Identification of bibliographic Data) codes. See the list of INID codes.

See also information about Swedish patent publications.

 

Supplementary protection

Information about supplementary protection certificates and links to SPC full records where more detailed information about SPCs and their validity can be found.

 

Arrival date

The date when the application was registered as received by the authority.

 

Filing date

The date when the application is considered as filed. This date can differ from the arrival date.

 

Publication date

The date when the application became publicly available.

 

Grant date

The date when the patent was granted.

 

Title

The title of the invention.

 

Classification (current IPC)

If there are many classifications, they are all shown if you click "View all".

 

Applicant/patentee

Here you can see the present applicant/patentee. If there are many applicants, they are all shown if you click "View all". If there has been a previous applicant/patentee, this is shown as "Previous applicant".

 

Inventor

Here you can see the inventor. If there are several inventors, they are all shown if you click "View all".

 

Representative

Here you can see the applicant�s representative.

 

Figure

Here you can see one of the figures in the document. The other figures can be shown by clicking the arrows to the right of the figure.

 

Priority data

Here you can see the application numbers and dates for any applications from which priority is claimed.

 

Patent family

Here you can see the applications and patents which are based on the same priority application/applications. Please note that only applications with identical priorities are shown as belonging to the same patent family, it is not sufficient that one of several priorities is the same. If there are many family members, they are all shown if you click "View all".

 

Related Swedish applications/patents

Here you can see any applications/patents which have any priority applications common with the current application. It should be noted that the priority data in our databases comes from different sources, which means that we cannot guarantee that the data regarding related applications is complete.

 

Deposit of microorganisms

In certain cases an invention may relate to biological material or the use of the material. The biological material must then be deposited to a special depositary authority. If such a deposition exists the information is to be found here. To locate the deposition you can either look into File Inspection or, if the file is too old to be found in File Inspection, contact PRV.
Information about which institutions are international depositary authorities can be found here: The Budapest Treaty

 

Next annual fee

Here you can see when the next annual fee is due for payment. The next annual fee must reach PRV by the payment due date. The payment due date is always the last day of the month in which the anniversary of filing falls. If the payment due date falls on a weekend or on a public holiday the fee must reach PRV by the next working day. The next annual fee is shown in the full records after the first payment of the annual fee(s). Before then no information is shown.

 

Paid annual fees

Here you can see previously paid annual fees, dates, amounts and current year. If there are several annual fees, you can see all if you click "View all".

 

Register information

Here recorded are all the dates and events that have taken place over the recent years. The recorded events refer both to the application stage and post grant stage. PRV is obliged to register this information; other recorded events are also available. The indicated dates show the date the event was recorded therefore does not refer to a date of decision. E.g. the registered event for a patent that has been cancelled due to unpaid annual fee is registered 6 months after the expiry date. Information is retrieved from various systems, such as the Patent Office’s Diary of Patent Applications and the Patent Register. The recorded events in the Patent Register apply to granted patents. A patent holder is not obliged to record such events as assignments in the Patent Register. The information recorded in the Patent Register is the information PRV has received. A patent can be assigned, without it being registered in the Patent Register. Click "View All" to see a complete list of events. Please note, eventual time limits concerning specific events are available in File Inspection.

 

Pledge

Here you can see information about the latest pledge. For information about previous pledges, click "View all".

 

Change of patentee

Here you can see information about the type of change of patentee it concerns (assignment/change of name/merger/other), the new patentee/new name etc. as well as the date for the legal transfer. For information about previous changes, click "View all".
Please note that there may be changes of assignment which are not registered at PRV, as there is no obligation to register changes of assignment after the grant of a patent.

 

Notifications in the Swedish Patent Gazette

Notifications that have occurred for a specific application/patent can be viewed here. These are listed by year and gazette number. Please note; the notices in the Swedish Patent Database are not complete, to view full notification, use the Swedish Patent Gazette. Among notifications that are not listed here are decisions on reinstitution of rights (Section 72 of the Swedish Patents Act) and limitations of Swedish patents and European patents


Search results- full records SPC

The full records are structured into different information groups.

Group 1 shows the name of the active ingredient/approved product, status and duration of the SPC, and status, duration and application number for any extended protection.

Group 2 shows the application number for the SPC, the date for the publication in the Swedish Patent Gazette, the date and number for the first SE authorization, the date and number for the first authorization in the Community, and related SPCs.

Group 3 shows the date for next annual fee, dates and sums for earlier annual fees paid and links to the current price list and PRV's electronic payment service.

Group 4 shows the application number and filing date, the publication number, the date of publication, the date of granting, the title, the applicant/patentee and the inventor for the patent.

The information given in the full records is retrieved from PRV's different registers and electronic archives.

If certain types of information are not available, empty headings are not shown. Only headings with content are shown.

 

Active Substance/Product

Here you can see the name of the active substance/product.

 

Status SPC

Here you can see the current status of the SPC .

 

Period of validity

Here you can see the maximum term of validity the SPC may cover.

 

Status extended SPC

Here you can see the current status of any extension of the SPC.

 

Period of validity

Here you can see the maximum term of validity the extended SPC may cover

 

Application number, extended SPC

Here you can see the application number of the extended protection. The application number starts with the two last digits of the year of the application, followed by a nine and a one.

 

Application number SPC

Here you can see the application number of the SPC. The application number starts with the two last digits of the year of the application, followed by a nine.

 

First authorization SE

Here you can see the number of the first authorization in Sweden and the date of the authorization.

 

First authorization EEA

Here you can see the number of the first authorization in EEA and the date of the authorization.

 

Related SPCs

Here you can see if there is more than one SPC connected to the basic patent.

 

Published in The Swedish Patent Gazette

Here you can see which date the information was published in The Swedish Patent Gazette.

 

Notifications in the Swedish Patent Gazette

Notifications that have occurred for a specific Supplementary Protection Certificate (SPC) can be viewed here. These are listed by year and gazette number. Please note; the notifications in the Swedish patent database are not complete - among notifications regarding Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPC), only new applications and granted SPCs are presented. To view full notification, use the Swedish Patent Gazette.

 

Next annual fee

Here you can see when the next annual fee is due for payment. The next annual fee must reach PRV by the payment due date. The payment due date is always the last day of the month in which the anniversary of filing falls. If the payment due date falls on a weekend or on a public holiday the fee must reach PRV by the next working day.

 

Paid annual fees

Here you can see previously paid annual fees, dates, amounts and current year. There is also a link to the current price list and PRV's electronic payment service.

 

Basic patent

Here you can see information regarding the basic patent, such as application number, publication number, dates of filing, publishing and granting, title, patentee and inventor.

 


Security

In order to prevent automatic downloading of information from the databases checks are carried out within certain intervals with the help of a so called "captcha". A captcha is a program that protects websites against bots. It displays an image that shows some letters and numbers in distorted form.

The characters that are shown in the image must be entered and confirmed to enable continued access to the service.

 


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