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Archived updates for Friday, December 02, 2005

Non-Patent Prior Art on the Internet

According to the IPR HelpDesk Bulletin No. 24, if you want to access non-patent information on the Internet free of charge, it is worth considering the following major sources:

Google Scholar the famous Google product covering academic publications. Even if its coverage remains patchy, it is a major tool to search for relevant NPL.

Scirus from Elsevier: this free search engine is a competitor of Google Scholar that offers different coverage and is in some ways better documented. It comes from the world-leading scientific publisher Elsevier and fully covers all Elsevier publications.

A comparison between Scirus and Google Scholar:

Medline this database, managed by the US National Institute of Health, is an excellent source of information for those working in the medical and biomedical fields.
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Anonymous Just A Patent Examiner said...

Another good source for science-related NPL is the CiteSeer website at

The querying mechanism leaves quite a bit to be desired, but you can use the Google 'Advanced Query' page to query the CiteSeer database by limiting your search to the CiteSeer URL.

November 30, 2005 9:57 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

JAPE is right about CiteSeer, a classic resource. But for free prior art searching, don't forget the wealth of information available in Usenets, forums and now blogs. These resources have often lead us to great prior art.

Also, don't forget your local public library. The New York Public Library has a number of great electronic resources available onsite and online from your home with a library card.

Here are a few other resources that should bookmarked:

Social Science Research Network (great for financial, business methods)

HighBeam Research (although not a free site, much cheaper than LexisNexis)

Idea Banks ( and are sites where inventors and just the creative publish their ideas. Elliot Furman has a nice list)

Finally, we really do miss your postings JAPE.

December 01, 2005 10:07 AM  

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