Dawn Software's Family-izerTM
INPADOC patent families for multiple patents!
This is Blazing Dawn Software's
patent family retrieval tool. Great for one patent or hundreds!
Should work in any device that has a browser: desktop, laptop, tablet
list of patents happens to contain many members of a single family, Family-izer provides
the full list of family members only once, and then identifies all
subsequent patents in that family as being a member. That makes it easy
to review a company's patent portfolio by highlighting only the unique
patent families that the
To get more details for a single patent (such as full country names,
publication dates and Kind Code explanations), use Family-izerTM
Please send any comments or suggestions to Blazing Dawn Software
(contact e-mail address is on the Blazing Dawn Home page).
Type, drag or paste a list of patents patent preceded by Country Code (without
a space) into the field below. For
U.S. patents and published applications you can omit the country code.
U.S. and Canadian patent numbers can be entered with or without commas
5,000,000; CA2,123,456 or CA2123456). Published application numbers can
be entered with or without slashes
(US: 20020000001 or 2002/0000001 or US2002/0000001; PCT: WO2004/012345
or WO2004012345), but no
letters are permitted other than the country code or the "RE" of U.S.
reissue patents. EPO
patents and published applications must have seven
digits, so add lead
zeros for older documents! For example, EP11234 needs to be entered as
Once you have entered your list, click the Family-ize
button. The list of patents and/or published applications is first
sorted, so the results will be in lowest to highest numbers regardless
of their order in the field (patent numbers starting with a letter,
e.g., reissue patents, will be retrieved first). As the program
progresses, if a patent or published
application is already listed in a preceding family, its family will
not be repeated.
Instead, you will see a result that says that the it is in the same
family as _______. The final results will be displayed in a new browser
Patent families show up one at a time in the new browser window as the
program runs. That allows you to see how Family-izer is progressing through
your list of patents. Do not hit the "Back" button on your browser
is finished and you see the "Go back to input page" link at the bottom
of the list. You may scroll down your browser window as the list gets
longer to see the latest results.
Statistical Information: There
is statistical information in the two right-most columns. The first
column shows the total number of family members. The second column
shows the number of unique countries and/or regions that are in the
What's New March 31, 2020:
the issue where only one patent family was returned despite the entry
of more than one patent in the search field has disappeared. The issue
may have come from a problem at the EPO that they have resolved.
If you highlight and copy the resulting table, you can paste it into a
word processing document or spreadsheet.
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Dawn Software site, the home of Patent Grabber!
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