Saturday, December 26, 2009

Patent Grabber 5.7 is now available

Patent Grabber 5.7 is now available for download from the Blazing Dawn Software web site. As mentioned in my previous posting, this version adds the option of including patent family identifiers in a spreadsheet of bibliographic information for U.S. patents. This is a great convenience when you are reviewing a large portfolio of patents from a single company, as it allows the spreadsheet to be sorted by patent family.

This is a free upgrade for licensed users of Patent Grabber 5.x.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Patent family identifiers being added to US Patent Bibliographic Information in Patent Grabber

I once had to analyze the patent portfolio of a company. They had 179 U.S. patents. So I used Patent Grabber's "US Patent Biblio" feature to start with. That gave me a spreadsheet with the bibliographic information for all 179 patents in a couple of minutes.

But with that many patents, I thought it would be useful to be able to group them into their families. That is why I developed Family-izer(TM). Once I had the family information, I gave each family an arbitrary number and entered those numbers in a new column of the spreadsheet. It took a couple of hours, but when I was done I could sort the spreadsheet by family as well as by any of the other columns.

So now I had a brainstorm. Why spend  a couple of hours entering patent family identifiers, when I could add Family-izer functionality to the US Patent Biblio feature! I should be able to automatically get a spreadsheet that already had each patent family assigned an identifying number. No more manual labor!

I have gotten it working. Now I need just a little more testing. Look for Patent Grabber 5.7 in the near future!

Family-izer now works with international patents!

Starting with Family-izer(TM) 2.4, users are no longer restricted to entering only U.S. patents and published applications in the Family-izer search field! With the simple inclusion of a two-letter country code, users can now start with a patent or publication number from many different countries. 

Go to and try it out. It's free!