The Data Integrator software, from software supplier Pervasive, checks patent data for accuracy and is claimed to be able to validate about 10,000 intellectual property cases an hour. It can check patent information against different rules on patents from all the major countries and correct data.
After the patent data is validated and put into the right format, it is passed on to an IBM iSeries server-based package, which calculates when the patent is due to be renewed and any other charges associated with the case.
CPA's previous patent data mapping service, which was built in-house, had a limited functionality and could only process files in text form. It could not convert other formats, such as Excel spreadsheets or XML, to be processed by the iSeries.
"A major benefit of the Data Integrator software is that we are carrying out data validation, which is an order of magnitude greater than the old system," said Nick Church, systems interface manager at CPA.
"There is also a much greater choice in the way we can manipulate data," he said. Large case workloads which previously could take weeks to validate can now be processed in one week, Church added.
CPA's main IT systems for processing patent renewals are based in the Channel Islands. In addition to IBM iSeries hardware and DB2 databases, the firm uses Intel hardware running Windows and Linux operating systems for Oracle databases and Lotus Domino groupware.