Only US-Patents

Why has (at least) the IEEE Style a hard codes "U.S. Patent" inside? What if my patent is WO or EP or DE? The style should make this dependent on the first letters of the Patent number or something like this.... but I have no idea how to implement this, although i found the line (260) in the IEEE.csl file where the code ist.
As a workaround i will just remove the U.S. but maybe someone can fix this in future versions?

  • I don't know if this is correct, but the reason is that the style follows the IEEE style guide:
    Basic Format:
    [1] J. K. Author, “Title of patent,” U.S. Patent x xxx xxx, Abbrev. Month, day, year.
    [1] J. P. Wilkinson, “Nonlinear resonant circuit devices,” U.S. Patent 3 624 125, July 16, 1990.
    NOTE: Use “issued date” if several dates are given.
    I'd certainly consider changing this, but testing for the content of fields isn't currently possible, so it's either "US Patent" or "Patent"
  • Do we have access to the country field from patents in CSL?
  • nope. We probably should? And then we could parse it?
  • Well, we could then assume that it is set to the correct country, in the correct format.

    Or maybe "jurisdiction" is a better field, since patents could be from non-country (non-state) actors? In any case, we could then prepend its content to "Patent". The issue of proper abbreviations for jurisdictions could then be rolled into the more general problem of abbreviations, which Frank is already working on.
  • I don't know anything about patents - someone would have to say what these fields actually mean before we can make those calls.
  • See, especially table II, which deals with published patents. In short, it's a bit of a mess.
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