There are a lot of people who are involved in Web based tools for patent searching. I guess its not actually addiction to web but people become addicted to one kind of interface.
Its too difficult to separate one person from one database to another. So why not have a system which is quick. easy and simple and eliminate the need of a browser. You are free to change the Interface according to your own need.
Then I came across a new free tool from IPEXL ‘Excel Client’. This is a desktop based tool which is capable of performing search on various databases.
The best part that I liked about it was its reach to Taiwan and China.
Moreover, since the results are displayed in excel you can easily modify its interface to keep Title, Abstract and Claims together for speedy analysis. OR filter the results with the help of IPC etc.
I believe this should be a boon for the people who use USPTO. A very good tool for Patentability Search, Novelty search, Freedom-to-Operate searches and not to forget patent invalidation searches.
Moreover, people can use it to perform a quick landscape analysis as well. Since all the patents are in Excel one can use the inbuilt charting capabilities of Excel to draw quick charts.
You can download the tool here