How We Do It

Darts-ip has spent ten years assembling and adding value to the unique global data that has been collected. This section explains our process and why it is important.

ONGOING GLOBAL CASE COLLECTION

The map below is interactive. When you select a region, you will see the extent of the data we have assembled thus far.

  • Global
  • North America
  • Central and South America
  • Europe
  • Africa
  • Middle East
  • Asia
  • Oceania

Global Coverage

as of 22 October 2017

2 941 180 Intellectual Property Cases

  • 1 766 055 Trademark cases
  • 978 610 Patent cases
  • 67 971 Design & model cases
  • 78 217 Domain name cases

3 353 Courts followed worldwide

  • 3 004 Trademark courts
  • 2 785 Patent courts
  • 2 256 Design & model courts
  • 1 947 Domain name courts

Types of documents gathered

  • Decisions
  • Complaints
  • Hearings
  • Settlements
  • Withdrawals

Coverage – Europe

as of 22 October 2017

AAA - Trademark Cases
319 419
  • Offices
    • EUIPO (since 1997) Optimal coverage
    • GC (CFI) (since 2000)Optimal coverage
    • CJEU (ECJ) (since 1978) Optimal coverage
    • ECoHR (since 2005)Optimal coverage
  • Countries
    • Andorra (since 2000)  Optimal coverage
    • Austria (since 1988)  High coverage
    • Belgium (since 1998)  Optimal coverage
    • Benelux (since 1975)  Optimal coverage
    • Bulgaria (since 2007)  Optimal coverage
    • Croatia (since 2005)  Optimal coverage
    • Czech Republic (since 2000)Optimal coverage
    • Denmark (since 1999)  Optimal coverage
    • Estonia (since 2004)  Optimal coverage
    • Finland (since 2000)  Optimal coverage
    • France (since 2000)  Optimal coverage
    • Germany (since 1995)  Optimal coverage
    • Hungary (since 2004)  Optimal coverage
    • Ireland (since 2000)  Optimal coverage
    • Italy (since 1986)  Optimal coverage
    • Latvia (since 2004)  Optimal coverage
    • Lichtenstein (since 1989)  Optimal coverage
    • Lithuania (since 2004)  Optimal coverage
    • Luxembourg (since 1992)  High coverage
    • Malta (since 2001)  Optimal coverage
    • Norway (since 2000)  Optimal coverage
    • Poland (since 1970)  Optimal coverage
    • Portugal (since 1970)  Optimal coverage
    • Romania (since 2006)  Optimal coverage
    • Russia (since 2006)Optimal coverage
    • Slovakia (since 2000)  Optimal coverage
    • Slovenia (since 2000)  Optimal coverage
    • Spain (since 1993)  Optimal coverage
    • Sweden (since 1992)  Optimal coverage
    • Switzerland (since 1970)  Optimal coverage
    • The Netherlands (since 1996)  Optimal coverage
    • United Kingdom (since 1998)  Optimal coverage
    • Ukraine (since 2012)Building coverage

Optimal coverage: Complete or best coverage available. Full search capabilities as decisions have been analysed.

high coverage: High number of cases covered. Legal analysis underway and hence mainly non-legal search options available.

Building coverage: Collection of cases started. Free-text searching criteria available as analysis in most cases is not sufficient yet.

AAA - Patent Cases
58 820
  • Offices
    • All EPO Boards and Divisions (since 1981) Optimal coverage
    • CJCE (ECJ) (since 1981)Optimal coverage
  • Countries
    • Austria (since 1984)  High coverage
    • Belgium (since 1998)  Optimal coverage
    • Czech Republic (since 2000)Optimal coverage
    • Denmark (since 1998)  Optimal coverage
    • Estonia (since 2009)  Optimal coverage
    • Finland (since 2000)  Optimal coverage
    • France (since 1993)  Optimal coverage
    • Germany (since 1978)  Optimal coverage
    • Hungary (since 2004)  Optimal coverage
    • Ireland (since 2001)  Optimal coverage
    • Italy (since 1986)  Optimal coverage
    • Luxembourg (since 2006)High coverage
    • Norway (since 2007)  Optimal coverage
    • Poland (since 1997)  Optimal coverage
    • Portugal (since 1975)  Optimal coverage
    • Romania (since 2003)  Optimal coverage
    • Slovakia (since 2008)  Optimal coverage
    • Slovenia (since 2000)  Optimal coverage
    • Spain (since 1987)  Optimal coverage
    • Sweden (since 1998)  Optimal coverage
    • Switzerland (since 1970)  Optimal coverage
    • The Netherlands (since 1988)  Optimal coverage
    • United Kingdom (since 1997)  Optimal coverage

Optimal coverage: Complete or best coverage available. Full search capabilities as decisions have been analysed.

high coverage: High number of cases covered. Legal analysis underway and hence mainly non-legal search options available.

Building coverage: Collection of cases started. Free-text searching criteria available as analysis in most cases is not sufficient yet.

AAA - Design & Models Cases
11 829
    • Austria (since 1987) High coverage
    • Belgium (since 1995) Optimal coverage
    • Benelux (since 2007) Optimal coverage
    • Bulgaria (since 2012)Optimal coverage
    • Czech Republic (since 1999)Optimal coverage
    • Croatia (since 2000)High coverage
    • Denmark (since 1999)Optimal coverage
    • Finland (since 1981 Optimal coverage
    • France (since 1996) Optimal coverage
    • Germany (since 1992) Optimal coverage
    • Hungary (since 2007) Optimal coverage
    • Ireland (since 2007) Optimal coverage
    • Italy (since 1986) Optimal coverage
    • Lithuania (since 2004) Optimal coverage
    • Luxembourg (since 1992) High coverage
    • Malta (since 2001) Optimal coverage
    • Norway (since 2000) Optimal coverage
    • Poland (since 2002) Optimal coverage
    • Portugal (since 1982) Optimal coverage
    • Romania (since 2003) Optimal coverage
    • Slovenia (since 1997) Optimal coverage
    • Slovakia (since 2012) High coverage
    • Spain (since 1987) Optimal coverage
    • Sweden (since 2010) Optimal coverage
    • Switzerland (since 1970) Optimal coverage
    • The Netherlands (since 1996) Optimal coverage
    • United Kingdom (since 1988) Optimal coverage

Optimal coverage: Complete or best coverage available. Full search capabilities as decisions have been analysed.

high coverage: High number of cases covered. Legal analysis underway and hence mainly non-legal search options available.

Building coverage: Collection of cases started. Free-text searching criteria available as analysis in most cases is not sufficient yet.

AAA - Domain Names Cases
13 259
  • Offices
    • GC (CFI) (since 2009) Optimal coverage
    • ADR.eu (since 2006) Optimal coverage
  • Countries
    • Austria (since 1998) High coverage
    • Belgium (since 2000) Optimal coverage
    • Bulgaria (since 2009) Optimal coverage
    • Croatia (since 2005)Optimal coverage
    • Czech Republic (since 2006)Optimal coverage
    • Denmark (since 2000)Optimal coverage
    • Estonia (since 2006) Optimal coverage
    • Finland (since 1999) Optimal coverage
    • France (since 2000) Optimal coverage
    • Germany (since 1996) Optimal coverage
    • Greece (since 2008) Optimal coverage
    • Hungary (since 2006) Optimal coverage
    • Ireland (since 2009) Optimal coverage
    • Italy (since 2000) Optimal coverage
    • Lichtenstein (since 2000)Optimal coverage
    • Luxembourg (since 1999)High coverage
    • Norway (since 2004)Optimal coverage
    • Poland (since 2005) Optimal coverage
    • Portugal (since 2010) Optimal coverage
    • Romania (since 2000) Optimal coverage
    • Slovakia (since 2011)Optimal coverage
    • Spain (since 2007)Optimal coverage
    • Sweden (since 2003)Optimal coverage
    • Switzerland (since 2000)Optimal coverage
    • The Netherlands (since 1998)Optimal coverage
    • Ukraine (since 2008)Optimal coverage
    • United Kingdom (since 1998)Optimal coverage

Optimal coverage: Complete or best coverage available. Full search capabilities as decisions have been analysed.

high coverage: High number of cases covered. Legal analysis underway and hence mainly non-legal search options available.

Building coverage: Collection of cases started. Free-text searching criteria available as analysis in most cases is not sufficient yet.

Coverage – Middle-East

as of 22 October 2017

AAA - Trademark Cases
4 813
    • Israel (since 1993) Optimal coverage
    • Turkey (since 2004) Optimal coverage

Optimal coverage: Complete or best coverage available. Full search capabilities as decisions have been analysed.

high coverage: High number of cases covered. Legal analysis underway and hence mainly non-legal search options available.

Building coverage: Collection of cases started. Free-text searching criteria available as analysis in most cases is not sufficient yet.

AAA - Patent Cases
987
    • Israel (since 1971)Optimal coverage
    • Turkey (since 2001)Optimal coverage

Optimal coverage: Complete or best coverage available. Full search capabilities as decisions have been analysed.

high coverage: High number of cases covered. Legal analysis underway and hence mainly non-legal search options available.

Building coverage: Collection of cases started. Free-text searching criteria available as analysis in most cases is not sufficient yet.

AAA - Design & Models Cases
98
    • Israel (since 2005)Building coverage
    • Turkey (since 2000)Optimal coverage

Optimal coverage: Complete or best coverage available. Full search capabilities as decisions have been analysed.

high coverage: High number of cases covered. Legal analysis underway and hence mainly non-legal search options available.

Building coverage: Collection of cases started. Free-text searching criteria available as analysis in most cases is not sufficient yet.

Coverage – Asia

as of 22 October 2017

AAA - Trademark Cases
489 550
    • China (since 2004) Optimal coverage
    • India (since 1988) Optimal coverage
    • Taiwan (since 2004) Optimal coverage
    • Japan (since 1999) Optimal coverage
    • Indonesia (since 2015) high coverage
    • Philippines (since 2014) High coverage
    • Thailand (since 1995) Optimal coverage
    • South Korea (since 2008) Optimal coverage
    • Singapore (since 2011) Optimal coverage
    • Hong Kong (since 2005) Optimal coverage
    • Vietnam (since 2015) Building coverage

 

Optimal coverage: Complete or best coverage available. Full search capabilities as decisions have been analysed.

high coverage: High number of cases covered. Legal analysis underway and hence mainly non-legal search options available.

Building coverage: Collection of cases started. Free-text searching criteria available as analysis in most cases is not sufficient yet.

AAA - Patent Cases
502 523
    • China (since 1999)Optimal coverage
    • India (since 2009) Optimal coverage
    • Taiwan (since 2001) Optimal coverage
    • Japan (since 1999) Optimal coverage
    • South Korea (since 2008)Optimal coverage
    • Philippines (since 2014)High coverage
    • Hong Kong Optimal coverage
    • Singapore (since 2005)Optimal coverage

 

Optimal coverage: Complete or best coverage available. Full search capabilities as decisions have been analysed.

high coverage: High number of cases covered. Legal analysis underway and hence mainly non-legal search options available.

Building coverage: Collection of cases started. Free-text searching criteria available as analysis in most cases is not sufficient yet.

AAA - Design & Models Cases
48 413
    • China (since 1990)high coverage
    • India (since 2015)high coverage
    • JapanBuilding coverage
    • Hong Kong (since 1981)High coverage
    • South Korea (since 2007)High coverage
    • PhillippinesBuilding coverage

 

Optimal coverage: Complete or best coverage available. Full search capabilities as decisions have been analysed.

high coverage: High number of cases covered. Legal analysis underway and hence mainly non-legal search options available.

Building coverage: Collection of cases started. Free-text searching criteria available as analysis in most cases is not sufficient yet.

AAA - Domain Names Cases
5 266
    • China (since 2003)high coverage
    • India Building coverage
    • Hong KongBuilding coverage

 

Optimal coverage: Complete or best coverage available. Full search capabilities as decisions have been analysed.

high coverage: High number of cases covered. Legal analysis underway and hence mainly non-legal search options available.

Building coverage: Collection of cases started. Free-text searching criteria available as analysis in most cases is not sufficient yet.

Coverage – Africa

as of 22 October 2017

AAA - Trademark Cases
923
  • Offices
    • OAPI High coverage
  • Countries
    • South Africa High coverage

Optimal coverage: Complete or best coverage available. Full search capabilities as decisions have been analysed.

high coverage: High number of cases covered. Legal analysis underway and hence mainly non-legal search options available.

Building coverage: Collection of cases started. Free-text searching criteria available as analysis in most cases is not sufficient yet.

AAA - Patent Cases
217
    • South AfricaHigh coverage

Optimal coverage: Complete or best coverage available. Full search capabilities as decisions have been analysed.

high coverage: High number of cases covered. Legal analysis underway and hence mainly non-legal search options available.

Building coverage: Collection of cases started. Free-text searching criteria available as analysis in most cases is not sufficient yet.

AAA - Design & Models Cases
19
    • South AfricaBuilding coverage

Optimal coverage: Complete or best coverage available. Full search capabilities as decisions have been analysed.

high coverage: High number of cases covered. Legal analysis underway and hence mainly non-legal search options available.

Building coverage: Collection of cases started. Free-text searching criteria available as analysis in most cases is not sufficient yet.

AAA - Domain Names Cases
324
    • South AfricaBuilding coverage

Optimal coverage: Complete or best coverage available. Full search capabilities as decisions have been analysed.

high coverage: High number of cases covered. Legal analysis underway and hence mainly non-legal search options available.

Building coverage: Collection of cases started. Free-text searching criteria available as analysis in most cases is not sufficient yet.

Coverage – Central & South America

as of 22 October 2017

AAA - Trademark cases
651 954
    • Argentina BUILDING COVERAGE
    • Brazil (since 2007) Optimal coverage
    • Chile (since 2004) Optimal coverage
    • Colombia (since 2008) Optimal coverage
    • Mexico (since 2000) Optimal coverage
    • Peru (since 2008) high coverage
    • UruguayBUILDING COVERAGE
    • VenezuelaBUILDING COVERAGE

 

Optimal coverage: Complete or best coverage available. Full search capabilities as decisions have been analysed.

high coverage: High number of cases covered. Legal analysis underway and hence mainly non-legal search options available.

Building coverage: Collection of cases started. Free-text searching criteria available as analysis in most cases is not sufficient yet.

AAA - Patent Cases
91 362
    • ArgentinaBuilding coverage
    • Brazil (since 2000)Optimal coverage
    • Chile (since 2014) Optimal coverage
    • Colombia (since 2010)Optimal coverage
    • Mexico (since 2007)Optimal coverage
    • Peru (since 2009)High coverage
    • UruguayBuilding coverage
    • VenezuelaBuilding coverage

 

Optimal coverage: Complete or best coverage available. Full search capabilities as decisions have been analysed.

high coverage: High number of cases covered. Legal analysis underway and hence mainly non-legal search options available.

Building coverage: Collection of cases started. Free-text searching criteria available as analysis in most cases is not sufficient yet.

AAA - Design & Models Cases
4 938
    • Brazil (since 2000)Building coverage
    • Colombia (since 2011)Building coverage

 

Optimal coverage: Complete or best coverage available. Full search capabilities as decisions have been analysed.

high coverage: High number of cases covered. Legal analysis underway and hence mainly non-legal search options available.

Building coverage: Collection of cases started. Free-text searching criteria available as analysis in most cases is not sufficient yet.

AAA - Domain Names Cases
4 921
    • Brazil (since 2000)Building coverage
    • Colombia (since 2011)Building coverage

 

Optimal coverage: Complete or best coverage available. Full search capabilities as decisions have been analysed.

high coverage: High number of cases covered. Legal analysis underway and hence mainly non-legal search options available.

Building coverage: Collection of cases started. Free-text searching criteria available as analysis in most cases is not sufficient yet.

Coverage – Oceania

as of 22 October 2017

AAA - Trademark Cases
30 472
    • Australia (since 2011)Optimal coverage
    • New Zealand (since 2013)high coverage

Optimal coverage: Complete or best coverage available. Full search capabilities as decisions have been analysed.

high coverage: High number of cases covered. Legal analysis underway and hence mainly non-legal search options available.

Building coverage: Collection of cases started. Free-text searching criteria available as analysis in most cases is not sufficient yet.

AAA - Patent Cases
4 094
    • Australia (since 1991)Optimal coverage
    • New Zealand (since 1996)Optimal coverage

Optimal coverage: Complete or best coverage available. Full search capabilities as decisions have been analysed.

high coverage: High number of cases covered. Legal analysis underway and hence mainly non-legal search options available.

Building coverage: Collection of cases started. Free-text searching criteria available as analysis in most cases is not sufficient yet.

AAA - Design & Model Cases
254
    • Australia (since 2003)Building coverage

Optimal coverage: Complete or best coverage available. Full search capabilities as decisions have been analysed.

high coverage: High number of cases covered. Legal analysis underway and hence mainly non-legal search options available.

Building coverage: Collection of cases started. Free-text searching criteria available as analysis in most cases is not sufficient yet.

AAA - Domain Name Cases
379
    • Australia (since 2007)High coverage
    • New Zealand (since 2005)High coverage

Optimal coverage: Complete or best coverage available. Full search capabilities as decisions have been analysed.

high coverage: High number of cases covered. Legal analysis underway and hence mainly non-legal search options available.

Building coverage: Collection of cases started. Free-text searching criteria available as analysis in most cases is not sufficient yet.

Coverage – North America

as of 22 October 2017

AAA - Trademark Cases
87 712
    • USA (since 1999)Optimal coverage
    • Canada (since 2011)Optimal coverage

 

Optimal coverage: Complete or best coverage available. Full search capabilities as decisions have been analysed.

high coverage: High number of cases covered. Legal analysis underway and hence mainly non-legal search options available.

Building coverage: Collection of cases started. Free-text searching criteria available as analysis in most cases is not sufficient yet.

AAA - Patent Cases
188 223
    • USA (since 1998)Optimal coverage
    • Canada (since 1997)Optimal coverage

 

Optimal coverage: Complete or best coverage available. Full search capabilities as decisions have been analysed.

high coverage: High number of cases covered. Legal analysis underway and hence mainly non-legal search options available.

Building coverage: Collection of cases started. Free-text searching criteria available as analysis in most cases is not sufficient yet.

AAA - Domain Names Cases
21 376
    • USA (since 2000)Optimal coverage
    • Canada (since 2005)Building coverage

 

Optimal coverage: Complete or best coverage available. Full search capabilities as decisions have been analysed.

high coverage: High number of cases covered. Legal analysis underway and hence mainly non-legal search options available.

Building coverage: Collection of cases started. Free-text searching criteria available as analysis in most cases is not sufficient yet.

ADVANCED LEGAL ANALYSIS

A team of more than 170 professional analysts in 63 countries read and codify the complex legal information in each document. For example, a European decision is read by a European attorney, a US decision is read by a US attorney, a Chinese decision is read by a Chinese attorney, etc.

For the legal analysis, we classify cases according to our exclusive point of law legal taxonomy. For each of the 11 harmonised legal zones, we have about 300 possible legal “points of law” for patent cases and 350 possible legal points for trademark cases.

Over 2 639 068 decisions have been analyzed to date which is the equivalent of over 10 million pages of legal text. This enormous undertaking makes it possible to find cases where searching is otherwise impossible.

DATA CAPTURE & ENRICHMENT

Darts-ip incorporates powerful algorithms (AI – Artificial Intelligence) to capture data such as date – court – parties – types of action – standard legal concepts, etc. and also to achieve the following: link related cases – normalise company names – correct typos – create company structure to reflect subsidiaries – verify document scanning quality – refine industry classifications – verify patent ownership data – and more.

Our unique data set combined with years of sorting out complex issues enables you to have a clear, high level view of intellectual property issue world wide.

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