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This is the "Patent" template. It should be called in the following format:

|Year filed=
|Year granted=
|Patent number=
|Inventor country=
|Applicant person=
|Applicant firm=
|Applicant type=
|Applicant is inventor=
|Original title=
|English title=
|Tech field=
|Filing date=
|Full specification filed date=
|Application number=
|Grant date=
|Publication date=
|Supplementary to patent=
|Related to aircraft=
|Serial number=
|Patent agent=
|Assigned to=
|National tech categories=
|Family year=
|First filing=
|Number of citations=
|Cited by=
|Application ID=
|INPADOC family ID=
|Number of text pages=
|Number of diagram pages=
|Number of figures=
|Number of claims=

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This template defines the table "Patents". View table.


  • We are working on standardizing the years in the names of the patent articles. Right now most of them come from espacenet. For most countries, the year in the patent page title should be the year in which the patent was granted (as opposed to applied for or published). However the British system classifies patents using the year of application (and restarts the numbering each year), so we generally use the FILING year for GB. For a patent application which was not granted (and yes we do want those), use the filing year.
  • Inventors is the key field for people. In the usual case, in which the patent is filed by the inventor, fill in this field and put 1 in Applicant is inventor.
  • Inventor country is the nationality or location of the inventor. (If differing, both can be listed.)
  • English title should duplicate the Original title field if the original title is English. [Should English title be shorter if the original title is too long?] -- Note: I've been drifting toward making this a "simple English" title, which is shorter and made clear to the modern reader. I'll even switch away from a routine "improvements in airships" to use some word that actually describes the invention. That's quirky, but I see no value in a non-descriptive title for the later summaries. -- Econterms (talk) 14:18, May 15, 2018 (UTC)
  • Full specification filed date is mainly used for Great Britain's Patent Office, which allows the filing of a preliminary patent followed by a more detailed version.
  • Publication date is mainly used for the Office de Brevets which gives a date published, usually following the date granted by several weeks. In German and Austrian patents, we think, given under Ausgegeben.
  • Supplementary to patent: In the French system there was a formal process for filing supplementary patents, which are given numbers in a parallel system and linked to the number of the original. In the US (and UK?) office(s), patents are sometimes identified in the beginning of the description as supplementary to others (given either by number and year or in the case of pending patents by serial number and year filed). Preferably this field contains only formal linkages; informal ones can appear in free text. For more on the meaning and techniques of this field, see the Template:Patent/Supplementary to documentation.
  • Family year: year of filing of first patent in "family" of patents for the same or similar invention filed internationally.
  • First filing: (yes/no): Yes, if this is the first filing of this patent anywhere. No, if it's an 'addition' or a foreign filing of a patent. Formally a foreign filing makes reference to the earlier one and claims to have the same priority date; that's an official statement that the technologies are the same.
  • Number of text pages: The whole number of pages of the complete specification. If both a provisional patent and a complete patent specification are combined into one PDF file, as is common on espacenet for British patents, just count how many pages the complete specification would have if formatted on its own.
  • Number of diagram pages: The whole number of pages of figures in the original patent document. Espacenet commonly adds close-ups of the same pages; these are nice but don't count them as more pages. It is unusual to have more than two pages of diagrams here.