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Patent resources

Last Updated: 30-Jul-2014

A listing of selected online and print resources for research in intellectual property and patent literature.  If you are having problems choosing a tool or developing a search strategy, please contact one of the Science and Engineering Group librarians for help.

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Databases and online subscription resources

[Miamisburg, OH] : LexisNexis, division of Reed Elsevier
Stanford University Libraries » Online resource » (no call number)
Includes full-text of U.S. Patents from mid-1970's, patent case law and administrative decisions, patent statutory and regulatory materials, and patent news and publications.
[New York] : Elsevier, 2004-
Stanford University Libraries » Online resource » (no call number)
Scopus also offers a patent search of over 24 million records from WIPO, EPO, USPTO, JPO and the UK.  Do your search and after you have results, look for the patent limiter above the search result list.  When you select it, Scopus will open another window with only the patents.  A partial preview of the abstract is available by mousing over the patent title.  Links will take you from Scopus to the patent repository where the full text can be downloaded.
[Philadelphia] : Institute for Scientific Informtion, [1999?]-
Stanford University Libraries » Online resource » (no call number)
"Using information from 41 patent-issuing authorities, DII facilitates rapid, precise patent searching, letting you conduct patent and citation searches of inventions in chemical, electrical, electronic, and mechanical engineering. Descriptive titles and indexing have been added. Find “equivalent” patents published in a language you can read. Also contains both citing and cited patents and literature references, allowing users to move both forward and backward in time from a selected patent. Updated weekly, covers 1963-present." (Structure Searching)
[Place of publication not identified] : European Patent Office.
Stanford University Libraries » Online resource » (no call number)
"Espacenet's worldwide database enables you to search for information about published patent applications from over 90 different countries and regions. Espacenet offers free access to more than 70 million patent documents worldwide--most of them patent applications rather than granted patents--from 1836 today. Patent applications normally represent the first publication of a new idea, appearing ahead of journal articles and before new products reach the market. It is possible to print and download full-text documents."
[Frankfurt, Germany ; New York, NY] : Elsevier
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Available via the web, Reaxys Xcelerate contains an extensive repository of experimentally validated data that chemists need including structures, reactions (including multi-step reactions) and physical properties. Reaxys was formed by the merger of three databases: Beilstein Handbook of Organic Chemistry, Gmelin Handbook of Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry, and the Chemistry Patent database. (Structure and Reaction Searching)
[Columbus, Ohio : American Chemical Society, Chemical Abstracts Service]
Stanford University Libraries » Online resource » (no call number)
SciFinder is the most comprehensive database for coverage of chemistry & chemical engineering. It has the world's largest collection of organic and inorganic substance information. The web version of SciFinder provides integrated access to CAPlus, CAS Registry, CASREACT, CHEMLIST, and CHEMCATS which are produced by Chemical Abstracts Service, and to MEDLINE which is produced by the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Sources covered in SciFinder include 10,000 journals, patents from 63 patent authorities, book chapters, conference proceedings, dissertations, evaluated reference works, technical reports, as well as book reviews and biographical information. (Structure and Reaction Searching)

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Patent search tools on the internet