Sometimes companies may have variations in their names, subsidiaries or affiliates, depending on the business strategies or countries in which they are located. In order to perform a comprehensive patent search, every possible variation of an assignee name needs to be considered. This can be done with Patent Search’s Corporate Affiliation Search (Advanced and Premium subscriptions only) feature. To use Corporate Affiliation Search, follow the steps below:
- Using Quick Search or Advanced Search, select Assignee (or Current Assignee, Licensor etc) under Party category in the parameter box, and then click on the Corporate Affiliation icon .
- The Corporate Affiliation window will be displayed. In the Keywords box, type in the name of the organization, click Search, select affiliations, then click , and then click Convert to Query. For ease of use, any match to your keyword will be in bold.
- The selected organization names will be displayed in the Assignee text box, ready to search.