A free patent service has been launched by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO). The new online service, called Ipsum, will remove the cost of requesting patent documents. Instead they will now be available for free online. Previously each document requested would cost £5 and by the time it had been delivered it might already be out of date. Crucially it is now possible to immediately understand why the Intellectual Property Office did, or did not, grant a patent. Access to Ipsum - the Online Patent Information and Document Inspection Service is available here - http://http//www.ipo.gov.uk/types/patent/p-os/p-find/p-ipsum.htm
. The word ipsum is from Latin meaning 'the very thing itself' and is a reference to the Latin origin of 'patent' and that the service allows users to see the very patent documents themselves.