Intellectual property right data – important information for your research

Patents, design protection and trademark protection are exclusive rights that are registered. The information on the exclusive rights is gathered in databases that are publicly available. Using this information, you can supplement and improve your external monitoring within your area of research.

Do the external analysis early

Do the external analysis early so that you know from the beginning that you are not aiming your research in the wrong direction. But you should also investigate what is happening in your area of research in the course of the project.

You can find out this and much more

  • What technical solutions are published in your area of research.
  • What actors there are in your area of research (you can find collaborative partners or get suggestions on competitors you should watch).
  • If you are at risk of infringing on somebody else’s exclusive rights.

Do not reveal too much

Note that when you search in databases, there is always a risk that your searches are tracked. So avoid revealing details about your idea or research when you conduct searches if it is important for you to keep the research secret.

Databases with intellectual property right information

You can use these databases to conduct your own, overall external analysis.

Swedish Patent Database (external website)

Swedish Trademark Database (opens in a new window)

Swedish Design Database (opens in a new window)

Espacenet, an international patent database (external website)

Patentscope, an international database with published patent applications and related information (external website)

PRV's library can give you guidance

Are you writing a thesis? Or do you want to delve deeper into the subject of intellectual property rights? Welcome to PRV's library. We are specialised in intellectual property rights: patents, trademarks, designs and copyrights.

We help you find information in databases, books and periodicals. You can get help from us either by visiting the library during our opening hours or by booking a free service where you learn the basics of database searches.

Book guidance at PRV’s library

PRV Consulting

If you want more in-depth information, you are welcome to contact PRV Consulting who can conduct more advanced analyses for a fee. PRV Consulting provides search services for customers in patents, trademarks and designs. The report from PRV Consulting can be used as a basis for strategic choices of direction and decisions. 

PRV Consulting

Edited 2021-09-29