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What we did


  • Started : March 2016



  • APIs
  • One-page application
  • UX
  • Design
  • Responsive development
  • Deployment
  • Analytics

Project Duration

  • 40 days


  • Delivered on time
  • Deployed successfully


  • Ian Warner - Technical lead


  • PHP5
  • Middleman
  • AngularJS
  • HAML
  • CoffeeScript
  • Sass
  • MySQL


In one view the service allows a user to search for a chemical term, returning data from several external APIs to create a concise data sheet. Returned synonyms can then be utilised in further searches; allowing the user to discover more obscure patents.

MineSoft is one of the most prominent Patent information and search companies in the world. They have created and maintain several key browser based software tools; used by thousands of lawyers, patent specialists and organisations daily.

MineSoft approached DryKISS to create an addon to their most popular service PatBase. They required a tool that allowed users to search for similar words, compounds, genes or translations.

The product would go on to be called "Patbase Thesaurus"


Allow users to discover words that they may have not known before, all of these entries could then be added to a string to search the PatBase database of Patents.

It would mean that patents using obscure wording could be discovered by the users.


  • Create a tool that is easy to use for current PatBase users.
  • Full browser compatibility
  • UI Translated into several languages including Chinese.
  • Ability to browse back to a previous search
  • Shopping basket word saving
  • Words translated into a PatBase query


In a forty day window we worked through several different providers of chemical, gene and synonym data. Landing on WikiPedia, WIPO and ToxNet to provide the relevant data.

Built a simplistic UI structure straight from Bootstrap, that fitted the current design requirements of PatBase.

Some nice features include:

  • Able to browse backwards and forwards and maintain the searches undertaken.
  • Shopping basket style add words to query functions.
  • Copy to clipboard
  • Each result could be clicked to research on that, creating a mining pattern.