Minesoft was founded 20 years ago to develop new Internet-based information and data-mining products. It develops products for themselves and other parties in the field of Intellectual Property (patents, trademarks, industrial designs). Their major searchable patent database is used by over 50,000 patent experts (patent attorneys and paralegals, corporate Patent Departments, scientists working in industry and Legal Counsel). These experts monitor worldwide current innovation for new ideas on developing technology and use Minesoft products for “Freedom-to-Operate” or patent infringement and opposition problems that arise in the patent world. It is a specialised, niche industry but very important today in a global trading world governed by who owns the IP.
Minesoft’s solutions are developed mainly in-house, in Richmond. Offices in Germany, USA, Japan and Cambridge house additional staff. Alongside the massive database of over 100 million international patent documents, Minesoft develops an array of solutions for curating and analysing such a large dataset. Competitive Intelligence products take care of the special needs of either an IP lawyer or a research scientist, which are completely different but equally important.
The company has found being based in Richmond has helped it to source an excellent quality of staff. As Ann Chapman-Daniel, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Minesoft explains, “We are an international exporting company, with 90% of our business deals outside the UK. Therefore, multi-cultural staff and fluency in languages other than English are of utmost important to us as well as a general high academic level. Richmond has proved ideal in these respects for a Tech/Publishing company like Minesoft and we love this beautiful, green, local environment and pretty market town on the River Thames. Richmond has everything we need, with the added advantage of proximity to Heathrow and Gatwick”.