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WIPO Guide to Using Patent Information

WIPO Guide to Using Patent Information

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Access to technology information has expanded rapidly in recent
years, a result of the increasing availability of technical documents
in digital format and the progressive development of electronic
means of distribution and retrieval. As the quantities of
technology information available to the public have grown, so too
have the challenges of finding relevant information from which
useful knowledge can be extracted.
This Guide aims to assist users in searching for technology
information using patent documents, a rich source of technical,
legal and business information presented in a generally
standardized format and often not reproduced anywhere else.
Though the Guide focuses on patent information, many of the
search techniques described here can also be applied in
searching other non-patent sources of technology information.
Access to technology information has expanded rapidly in recent
years, a result of the increasing availability of technical documents
in digital format and the progressive development of electronic
means of distribution and retrieval. As the quantities of
technology information available to the public have grown, so too
have the challenges of finding relevant information from which
useful knowledge can be extracted.
This Guide aims to assist users in searching for technology
information using patent documents, a rich source of technical,
legal and business information presented in a generally
standardized format and often not reproduced anywhere else.
Though the Guide focuses on patent information, many of the
search techniques described here can also be applied in
searching other non-patent sources of technology information.

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WIPO
Guide toUsing
PATENTINFORMATION
www.wipo.int/patentscope
 
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Disclaimer.
The main purpose of this publication is to provide basic information, it is not meant as a substitute for professional legal advice. Mention of names of firms and organizations and their websites does not imply the endorsement of WIPO.
 
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Table o Contents
Introduction4How does the patent system work?4
Protection4Disclosure7
Why use patent inormation?7What inormation does a patent document contain?8Where can patent inormation be ound?11Which strategies can be used to search patentinormation?12
Search by keyword13Search by patent classification16Search by number/date ranges19Search by applicant/assignee name or by inventor name21Search in specific data fields22Using citations and reference information23Good practices in searching patent documentation25
How can patent inormation be used?27
Prior art searches27Gathering business intelligence34 Avoiding patent infringement39Patent valuation39Identifying key trends in technology development40
Where can non-patent literature be located?46

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