BP is one of the world's largest petroleum and petrochemicals companies. BP employs over 100,000 staff and is active in over 100 countries worldwide. Revenue in 2000 exceeded $160 billion. BP has well-established operations in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australasia and Africa (www.bp.com).
Chris Elliott of BP's Patents & Agreements Department in Sunbury, UK comments: "For patent professionals and technical research staff, the recent availability on the web of free patent specifications promised to revolutionise the (often) tedious process of retrieving full patent documents. In theory, the former route of submitting requests to a document supply department and waiting for a printed copy (from a CD-ROM or via fax delivery) had been streamlined. However, because the EPO and USPTO offer only page by page display, it took the arrival of Minesoft's PatentOrder software to automate smoothly the whole process and make it possible for anyone at a company site to receive quickly at his/her workstation a single electronic PDF file of a desired patent. This elegant and effective solution is widely appreciated at BP."