1. What is the CleanTech PatentEdge?
    • The vision: A collection of dreams and ideas that will remake our world into a cleaner, more sustainable place.
    • The software: The CleanTech PatentEdge is an online database of cleantech patents. The patents are presorted into over 150 market and technology categories, such as renewable energy generation (biofuels, wind, solar), energy storage, electric vehicles, and water filtration and desalination. The online database allows you to search, sort, and make sense of this data. In addition, you can use the analytics portal to create custom charts of multiple patent variables, including, but not limited to, top assignees, inventors, and publication date.
  2. Which regions of the world do you cover?
    • The CleanTech PatentEdge contains patent publications from the US Patent Office, European Patent Office, Japan, and the World Intellectual Property Organization (international PCT patent applications). If you are interested in patent data from other countries, please contact us at info@ipcheckups.com for our custom services.
  3. Do you provide information on patent applications and issued patents?
    • Generally, yes. The CleanTech PatentEdge houses both issued patents and patent publications from the US and Europe. We only provide titles and abstracts for Japanese patent applications and not Japanese issued patents (don’t worry – the Japanese patents are machine-translated into English)! Since the World Intellectual Property Organization is only a patent publication authority, and does not issue patents, all our PCT data comes from patent applications. Click here for more information about international patent applications.
  4. How far back does your data go?
    • As far back as the era of Pac-man.
    • The CleanTech PatentEdge houses data from as early as the 1980s. Since patents generally last for 20 years, you can find inventions that are already off-patent for use in your business (or garage).
  5. How often do you update your data?
    • The CleanTech PatentEdge updates monthly, giving you the latest issued patents and publications of patent applications.
  6. Why can’t I see data on patent applications filed yesterday?
    • That’s because they are top secret! Generally, national patent offices and WIPO wait 18 months before disclosing patent applications to the public. Occasionally, inventors will request an expedited publication process, so their applications will be published before 18 months have passed. Issued patents are disclosed immediately. So, the CleanTech PatentEdge will have all data on patents issued within the last month, and patent applications filed 18 months ago, but just published last month.
  7. How do you determine which patents go into which category?
    • The software automatically runs searches each month on worldwide patent data to funnel patents into the different cleantech categories. The patent searches use keywords, IPC codes, assignee data, and Boolean operators to gather the most relevant data. For any given category, we might have up to twenty different patent searches running in tandem to retrieve results.
    • The patent searches were developed by subject matter experts and patent search experts. We continuously monitor the database and refine our results by getting rid of extraneous patents.
    • For example, this is a sample search for concentrated solar thermal technologies:
      Full Specification: (((power or central or receiver or collector) adj tower*) or (solar adj thermal) or (concentrat* near solar) or heliostat* or (fresnel adj (reflect* or mirror*)) or (linear adj fresnel) or (flat adj mirror*) or parabol* or trough* or ((stirling or dish) adj engine*) or (solar adj power adj plant*)) and (((thermal or energy or heat or solar) near2 (store* or storing or storage)) or (((molten adj salt) or (phase adj change adj material*) or thermocline or graphite or (compressed adj steam)) with stor*)) IPC Codes: f03g0006* or f24j0002* or c09k0005* or f28f0021* or f01k* or f28* or f01b* or b65d* or b65g* Title, Abstract, Claim Subsearch: not (aircraft or vehicle* or rocket* or pyrolysis or biomass* or biofuel* or *algae* or building* or roof* or *salin* or photovoltaic* or (water adj purif*) or (wave adj energy) or refrig* or (air adj condition*) or (water adj heater*) or (chemical near synthesis) or residential or house* or home* or semiconductor* or (semi adj conductor*) or (solar adj (panel* or cell*)))
  8. What if there is a technology or market category that I think should be included in the CleanTech PatentEdge, but is not there?
    • If it is a subcategory of a category that is already available (e.g. Mono-crystalline solar panels, a subcategory of solar pv), you can sub-search a category based on your keywords of interest. All the analytic tools will automatically reconfigure to analyze the subset of patent data.
    • Still not good enough? Contact us at info@ipcheckups.com for a custom database project.
  9. Isn’t patent data available publicly for free? Why should I sign up for your database?
    • Go ahead and try the free databases — we dare you!
    • After hundreds of hours searching convoluted online patent databases, refining your results, exporting the results to Excel (60,000 results at a time), manipulating the data into accessible charts, and sharing results to your colleagues via 20 different email attachments — your information will already be out of date and irrelevant. Rinse and repeat.
    • Not only does our online software house pre-sorted patent data in a streamlined online interface, it also features analytic tools, monthly updated results, and sharing capabilities across an organization. In fact, we tried both free and paid online patent databases in our own 8-year old consulting business — IP Checkups — and got horribly frustrated. The CleanTech PatentEdge stems from software we originally created for our own internal use to address deficiencies in current patent databases.
  10. I am really, really interested in LEDs. What should I do?
    • You are in luck! We have created the LED PatentEdge, a separate online database specifically catered to the LED industry. Check it out at this website: http://www.ledpatentedge.com.
  11. How much does the CleanTech PatentEdge cost?
    • Vist our Get Started page to see our available plans and pricing.
  12. Permissions and Access. Can I customize the CleanTech PatentEdge for my group, enterprise, or institution?
    • Yes. CleanTech PatentEdge contains powerful administrative functions.
    • Administrators can limit permissions to determine which collections each individual user or enterprise department can access and/or see, and control user access to:
      • Drag and drop patents into other folders or the trash
      • Create and rename custom folders and sub-folders (collections) visible to individuals or the group, and/or
      • Access the edit tree which enables users to see all collections in which a single patent exists.
  13. I do not have a credit card. Can I still access the CleanTech PatentEdge?
    • Please contact us at info@ipcheckups.com, with your name and phone number. We will give you a call within 48 hours to set up an alternate payment arrangement.
  14. I just signed up for the CleanTech PatentEdge. What now?
    • Great! Thank you for signing up! You should receive an email shortly with your online username, password, and link to CleanTech PatentEdge.
  15. How do I troubleshoot problems with CleanTech PatentEdge?
    • Please contact info@ipcheckups.com with the subject heading < >. Please include your email, username, and browser details (IE, Chrome, Firefox etc.) in the body of the email.
    • We try our best to make sure the software runs as smoothly as possible, and will respond to your inquiries as soon as possible.
  16. Do you offer custom IP services and reports?
    • Yes. Please check out our sister site at www.ipcheckups.com for a list of all our custom service offerings.
  17. What are your terms of use?
    • CleanTech PatentEdge, and other subscription services provided by IP Checkups, are for your internal purposes only. You cannot redistribute, sell, or otherwise market the information contained in the CleanTech PatentEdge, or other subscription services provided by IP Checkups, in any form to any third party unless authorized by us in writing.
    • Any derivative works prepared by you for internal use which directly or indirectly utilize information from CleanTech PatentEdge shall prominently credit IPC as the source of such information and display the following statement “CleanTech PatentEdge provided courtesy of IP Checkups, Inc.” For more information see: IP Checkups’ CleanTech PatentEdge™ Terms of Use Agreement (“ToU”).