PatBase is a global platform and is the only commercial database designed by professional searchers, for professional searchers.

RWS originally designed an internal database to provide our searchers with a superior professional search tool. We then joined forces with Minesoft Ltd, and in 2003 launched PatBase as a powerful international patent database covering over 57 million patent families.

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  • Flexibility: choice of command line or search forms to create queries.
  • Coverage: over 66 million full text documents from over 105 authorities worldwide, grouped in families for efficient searching.
  • Machine translations: important data is accessible in most languages.
  • Integrated links: click-through services to extend and verify your search beyond the front page.


  • Customizable display: tailor the record display according to your needs.
  • Highlighting functions: automatic keyword highlighting and a Hit Analyzer for easy review of full text.
  • Graphical overview: snapshot tool for immediate overview of trends, or the Visual Explorer in PatBase Express to explore results.
  • Custom display fields: tag records with valuable internal classification fields – these client-specific criteria can be made searchable.


  • Dynamic Folders: share results folders with colleagues for collaborative work or publish to external users or clients.
  • Alerts & RSS feeds: automatically monitor a competitor or technology area and send results to unlimited recipients.
  • Express users: publish PatBase folders to PatBase Express to share important records with your end users.


  • Identify emerging trends from your results and create reports to communicate your findings with colleagues.
  • Flexible exports: batch export data in XML or CSV for analysis, or create reports in HTML, Word or Excel.
  • PatBase Analytics is fully integrated into PatBase and PatBase Express.
  • Visualize patent data through detailed and transparent graphs to extract meaningful insights, gain competitive intelligence and understand the landscape.
  • Export for further analysis: export directly to third-party tools for further analysis.
  • PatBase is available for one fixed annual subscription charge. All PatBase subscribers automatically get access to PatBase Express – the search interface designed for end users – as part of their subscription.
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