Research and analysis

The patent guide

A handbook on how to analyse and interpret patent data.

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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
  • nationality
  • citations
  • claims
  • patent families *
  • patent classification *
  • patent quality
  • the value of patents

*These topics has now been included in the second edition.

Published 25 February 2015
Last updated 28 September 2015 + show all updates
  1. New topics have been included for patent families, patent classification and new updated PDF has been published.
  2. First published.