U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), an agency of the Department of Commerce, is the latest content source to be added to EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) from EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO). Patent attorneys, patent agents and others involved in intellectual property management will benefit from the addition of USPTO’s Patent Application Full Text and Patent Full Text to EDS.
USPTO houses full text for patents issued from 1976 to the present and PDF images for all patents from 1790 to the present. The content from USPTO includes metadata from their patent databases. Patent Application Full Text includes full-text and image versions of patent applications from March 2001 to the present. Patent Full Text includes information about patents that have already been filed or granted.
A patent grant document contains a patent number, title, inventor name, assignee, application number, filing date, prior publication date, foreign application priority data (if applicable), classification information, references cited, examiner and attorney information, abstract, specification, claims, and drawings
With the continued demand for patents by American inventors and entrepreneurs, the inclusion of the metadata to EDS will benefit many professionals. Earlier this year, EBSCO also released a new resource designed to assist those involved with the patent approval process, Non-Patent Prior Art Source™ , providing a fast, single point of access to the largest non-patent literature repository available for those conducting prior art searches.