Creation of CENTREDOC cooperative, and launch of RIH’s watchmaking monitoring.
On the strength of a multidisciplinary team of engineers, CENTREDOC provides a comprehensive range of services in the fields of technology, commercially sensitive and strategic monitoring, as well as patent, technical and economic information searches. CENTREDOC also provides consultation services for setting up monitoring systems.
Our staff are trained in using the latest patent search tools. With access to a host of professional sources, and participating in international symposia on best practices in information searches, your partners at CENTREDOC are well-equipped to provide you with their information processing expertise.
Our services are based on the know-how of a team of engineers and information consultants covering a wide range of disciplines. Our specialists have a great variety of information sources (professional data banks, specialist web services, etc.), and have a perfect command of the most sophisticated information search and processing tools. Our patent analysts are first and foremost scientists. Hence your partners at CENTREDOC are ready to collaborate with your engineers in cutting-edge fields straight away.
Founded in 1964 as a technical information centre for the watchmaking industry, CENTREDOC has retained its cooperative structure while opening its activities to non-member companies. With its focus on monitoring publications relating to watchmaking industry patents (RIH), CENTREDOC created a patent collection unique in all the world. This paper collection is still in use, complementing the digitised patent sources.
Developing in line with clients’ needs
Over time, CENTREDOC opened up its services to non-member companies, developing skills closer to the needs of Swiss industry, namely in micro-technology, chemistry and life sciences. Providing high added-value searching and monitoring services, CENTREDOC has become a trusted partner for many companies of all sizes, from SMEs to multinationals.
Cutting-edge technology monitoring
In the late 90s, CENTREDOC developed the first version of the RAPID portal, a powerful and user-friendly tool for collecting, classifying, enriching and distributing the results of patent monitoring for its clients. Far ahead of the game in terms of the online tools that have become commonplace 10 years later, RAPID found significant interest from companies specialising in monitoring. Since its version 3, RAPID has provided the possibility of combining patent data and publications from multiple sources, a unique position on the monitoring portals market.