Research and analysis
The patent guide
A handbook on how to analyse and interpret patent data.
The Intellectual Property Office has produced this handbook to improve shared understanding between patent experts and those undertaking or using patent research. Topics include:
- patents as a proxy for innovation
- patent families *
- patent classification *
- patent quality
- the value of patents
*These topics has now been included in the second edition.
Published: 25 February 2015
Updated: 28 September 2015
- New topics have been included for patent families, patent classification and new updated PDF has been published.
- First published.