About Us

We provide the highest quality patent information available and custom integrations through the CLAIMS Direct platform. When you partner with IFI, you'll find that our staff is truly dedicated to your success. We'll work with your team to ensure a smooth implementation process and continue to support you with any content or technical questions that arise.

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Our History

IFI CLAIMS Patent Services was incorporated in 1955 under the name Information for Industry, Inc. (IFI). Electronic data and proprietary search software were first made available in the 1960s, with a focus on chemical patent information. At that time, IFI produced the first in-depth U.S. chemical patent index, the Uniterm Index, averaging 20 to 25 keyword terms per U.S. patent. The Uniterm Index was initially offered in a printed, dual dictionary format. In 1967, IFI began to deliver the Uniterm index in electronic form, complete with proprietary search software for use within corporate information departments.

During the 1970s, IFI's U.S. patent databases entered the world of interactive online searching, when they became the first patent databases offered by Lockheed's Dialog Information Services. IFI continued to expand the depth and breadth of their U.S. patent content to include all patented technologies, patent citations, legal status changes, reassignments, and published applications. Distribution channels also extended to include STN International and Questel.

Fairview Research, a provider of data enrichment technology, acquired IFI CLAIMS from Wolters Kluwer in 2010 and expanded the scope of business to include high value data curation services for global patent information from all industries.