What is in the Darts-ip release 5.4

July 19, 2017 / Product Update

What’s new in the Darts-ip 5.4 release?

Enhanced Party Search

Search for cases involving parties from a specific country and a certain type

You now have the possibility to search for cases based on the country of origin and the type of the parties involved.

Here are some questions you can easily answer now:

“Which Chinese companies are involved as a plaintiff in lawsuits before German courts?”

“What universities are active in the pharma industry?”

In the case of companies, we take into account the country of incorporation. For example, if the company is Merck Corporation, it would be considered as a US company while Merck KgAA would be a German company.

The type field allows you to specify if the party is an:

  • “Authority” = public entities
  • “Company” = private entities
  • “Person” = physical persons
  • “Universities” (which also cover research entities)
  • “NPE” = non-practicing entity


Detailed Alerts Notification

Get details on the documents that triggered your alerts in your notification emails

The layout and content of the alert notification email has changed. Previously, your alert notifications only contained a link to the documents that triggered your alert. You could not assess the relevance of the newly found information without going to our website.

Details on the document(s) that triggered your alert is now visible in the notification email.

Your notification email will contain:

  • The number of documents found
  • The detailed query of the alert
  • A tab (for each document) displaying the action type, court, date, plaintiffs, defendants, rights (PT/TM)
  • The option to access each document directly from the email

Specific improvements in the Patent database

The NPE tickbox has moved to “Type”

Your NPE tickbox is now part of the new “type” dropdown field of the “Search by Party” tab

As you probably know, the NPE tickbox enabled you to restrict your results to decisions involving parties identified as non-practicing entities by our proprietary algorithm.

This flag will now be available in the type field in the “search by party” tab.

Simple or Extended Patent Family

Choose the type (simple or extended) of patent family


You can now choose the definition of the family when you use the “search in family” option.

Here are the main differences between the different patent families:

  • In the simple patent family, the members have to share exactly the same priority, or the exact same list of priorities which implies that they all cover the same invention.
  • Whereas for the extended patent family, the members should have at least one priority in common, which implies that the claims of the patents can protect a different invention (even if they are all about the same technology). In conclusion the extended family is the broadest definition of a patent family.


Enhanced Pharma Filter

Search by active ingredient including: Chemical drugs, Biologics, Veterinary Drugs, and Vaccines

Our pharma filter allowed you to search for patent cases involving a certain active ingredient (such as “Omeprazole”). This tool made use of only the Orange Book as a source and was very powerful but limited to chemical drugs.

Now we cover 22 sources from 21 countries, in order to extend the scope of the pharma filter beyond just chemical drugs.

You can now use the pharma filter to search for all cases involving specific biologics (e.g. Trastuzumab, Sofosbuvir), vaccines, and veterinary drugs.

Other enhancements

New layout & Content

Better understand the key informations of complaints and hearings

 Structure & content

The complaints & hearings documents have a new friendly layout and contain more details.  Each document is now structured as follows:

The Case
  • court
  • docket reference
  • level of instance
  • date
  • first action type and date [NEW]
  • party names and roles [NEW]
Type of IP rights by parties
  • verbal element if applicable, [NEW]
  • Nice/Vienna/Locarno class, [NEW]
  • image of the right if applicable [NEW]
  • application & publication number for patents [NEW]


The hearings and complaints are displayed in the language selected in your account settings.

“No point of law applicable”

When a document does not contain legal discussions

On the results page,  the label “No point of law applicable” appears when there is no legal discussion in the document.

This information helps you focus and save time when you’re exploring cases for legal topics.

Open Document in a New Tab

Search the documents (Ctrl+F) in Google Chrome

This feature has been specially configured for those using Google Chrome. Before Chrome users were not able to perform a search by keyword in the document (Ctrl+F) and had to download the document in order to do so.

When you click on “open a new tab” in the document analysis column (when you open a document), the pdf of the document opens in a new tab and the text search option (Ctrl+F) is now available and working.

Dynamic Points Of Law

Explore the points of law dynamically in search results

On the results page, when you hover over the words “points of law”, you will see a preview of all the legal points discussed in the document.

We have further improved usability so that you can more easily “explore” the tree structure by expanding or collapsing each topic.

This makes the information easier to understand and contextualise.

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