Free Patent Databases
BrainDex – www.braindex.com
PDF copies. U.S., PCT, EPO, Germany, Japan, United Kingdom, France, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, Russia, Austria and others.
European/PCT – www.epoline.org/portal/public/registerplus
Download PDF copies of PCT/EPO patents directly here.
Free patents online – www.freepatentsonline.com
PDF or Tiff. Coverage: U.S. patents published by the USPTO since patent number 4,000,000. Search interface: Boolean or patent number.
PatentMatic – www.patentmatic.com
Enter patent number and this site gives you a summary page with abstract and related patents and a link to download a PDF copy of the patent.
Coverage: “European (EP), United States (US), ‘World’ (PCT/WO) and Japanese (JP) patents.
Patents to PDF – www.pat2pdf.org
Coverage: All issued U.S. patents. Can search multiple patent numbers at once.
PatentLens – http://www.patentlens.net/daisy/patentlens/patentlens.html
Free public resource for patent system navigation worldwide; search and retrieve the full-text of more than 10 million patent documents from the U.S., Europe, Australia, and WIPO, as well as their status and counterparts in up to 70 countries.
The Spire Project – www.spireproject.com/patents.htm
Collection of links to useful free patent databases, national patent agency resources, commercial patent databases, and other related commercial services.
Patent Information Users Group – www.piug.org
Supports, assists, improves and enhance the success of patent information professionals through leadership, education, communication, advocacy and networking. Through international forums and discussions, it also promotes and improves the retrieval, analysis and dissemination of patent information.
Google Patents – www.google.com/patents
Provides for patent searching, from basic word searches to advanced categorical searches, for issued U.S. patents.
Other Patent Tools
Quality Patent Printing – http://www.qualitypatent.com/
Quality Patent Printing is an established, full-service patent drawing company for drafting, corrections, trademarks, DNA sequences, design drawings, photographic patent drawings, foreign patent drawings and patent office services.
The Patent Place – http://www.thepatentplace.com/
Patent and trademark histories, certified documents, etc.
PCT Applicant’s Guide – http://www.wipo.int/pct/guide/en/gdvol1/pdf/index.pdf
A comprehensive reference guide for PCT Applicants in the International Phase.
PatTools – http://www.pattools.com/
Other Science Databases
National Center for Biotechnology Information – www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/
Established in 1988 as a national resource for molecular biology information, NCBI creates public databases, conducts research in computational biology, develops software tools for analyzing genome data, and disseminates biomedical information – all for the better understanding of molecular processes affecting human health and disease.
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