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Patents Online: Basics for Researchers: Patents in Sci-Tech Databases

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Prior Art

If pursing a patent, non-patent literature in addition to patents in the USPTO and foreign patent databases should be searched in order to determine if an invention has already been disclosed.

Patents in Sci-Tech Databases

  • Some patents are cited in traditional journal literature
  • These are keywords searches and not comprehensive
  • Citations will include the patent number. See page - Finding the Full-Text of Patents - to retrieve the full-text using the patent number
  • See the chart: Patent Coverage in Sci-Tech Databases
  • See page - Searching U.S. Patents - for comprehensive patent research

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