Searching patents and applications in Orbit Intelligence can be done in 3 different databases, also known as 'collections', to align with your searching strategies.

Here find a quick video "Gain time by chosing the right collection for your patent search"

1. FAMPAT: 1 record = 1 family

It is the most 'important' and default database.

When do I use FAMPAT database ?

- Whenever a global/worlwide view of a technology, portfolio or company (Patentability, Patent Landscape) is needed 

- When there is a need to reduce the duplication inherent in the extension of family members into other countries (competitive intelligence).

  • World patents (full text & bibliographic data) grouped by invention-based families 
  • Data is shown at the family level
  • Each family record gathers patent equivalents as they are published in the various countries of extension 

N.B. the red rectangle above represents the content of an entire FAMPAT record: it includes all related applications, search reports and grants in all countries and jurisdictions. 


Fampat includes the treatments and information added within the FULLPAT database - it also includes additional treatments:

  • Creation of patent families along with the addition of new family members as they become known, for more detail refer to the article: FAMPAT family construction rules
  • Calculation of a family legal status
  • Calculation of patent metrics (Patent value, Market strategy, Technical impact, Patent strength)

The FAMPAT and FULLPAT databases (see below) are updated each Sunday morning, to include the previous week updates/new information as provided by the (inter)national patent offices.

2. FULLPAT: 1 record = 1 procedure

When do I use FULLPAT database ?

FULLPAT is convenient to perform searching limited to specific countries (eg: Freedom To Operate search in the US).

> You will limit the results to the procedures in this/these jurisdictions.

  • World patents (full text & bibliographic data) are displayed by individual country
  • Data is shown at the Patent Level
  • Each patent will have a record at all stages of publication


N.B. the graphic shown above illustrates the notion that the red rectangle shows one FULLPAT record that encompasses the related records including the application, search report and the grant in one country or jurisdiction.

Structure: the FULLPAT database combines the data published by the patent offices and additional value added treatment and information. The database is updated every Sunday with all the data published the week before by patent offices. 

The treatments applied to FULLPAT are the following:

  • Normalization of Assignee names
  • Semantic extraction of concepts
  • Automatic creation of a "Key content" field including an "object of the invention", the "advantages vs drawbacks" and "independent claims". These fields are searchable and are shown in the Key content tab. The tab can be displayed to increase efficiency when reviewing patent search results.
  • Patents can be assigned to a parent company based on normalized assignee data

The information added to each patent in FULLPAT includes the following:

  • Matching the publication with the corresponding legal status (Inpadoc or direct feed from the Patent office)
  • Citations data
  • Litigation and opposition data
  • Standard essential patent identification
  • Reassignment data
  • Licensing agreements
  • US file wrappers

3. FULLTEXT: 1 record = 1 document

When do I use FULLTEXT database ?

The FULLTEXT database is loaded as soon as we receive data from the (inter)national offices (days differ following the offices).

Thus, the FULLTEXT database is convenient when speed is an issue, for example to set up alerts on key topics: alerts will automatically generate based on the preselected frequency, update codes and search strings as soon as the documents are published. 

It can also be a good way to monitor the grants a competitor receives and then analyze them soon after the day of their publication.

  • Authorities are displayed by individual country 
  • Data is shown at the Publication level
  • Each stage of publication of the same patent will have a record in the database.

N.B. Each red rectangle above shows a different FULLTEXT record - although the records are related (one is an application and the other is the grant), in Fulltext they will give 2 results.

Structure: The FULLTEXT database is comprised of the "raw" data received from the patent offices. Only a few treatments, such as English machine translation and bibliographic information standardization, are done in order to push the data online as fast as possible. 


NB: some patent authorities are publishing several databases with different dates of publication. For example, USPAT (Granted patent) is published every Thursday and USAPPS (Application patent) is published every Tuesday.

The FULLPAT and FULLTEXT collections are not displayed by default in the Advanced search form.

Default search is always on FAMPAT (> families).
> See article to find out how to activate them: User settings presentation