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Databases and Search Tools

The following resource provide a range of useful databases, tools, reference material and other useful sources of information on intellectual property management. If you know of additional relevant resources, please email us at As of late August 2009, you will be able to upload your own links onto these pages.

Patent Databases - Publicly Accessible

esp@cenet: The European Patent Office (EPO)
Search the EP database for patent applications published by the EPO and WIPO over the last 24 months. And, search the worldwide database for information about published patent applications from over 80 different countries and regions. esp@cenet® holds data on 60 million patents from 81 countries.

Google Patent Search
Google Patent Search covers the entire collection of patents made available by the USPTO—from patents issued in the 1790s through those issued in the middle of 2006. Using the same technology that powers Google Book Search, Google has converted the entire image database of US patents into a format that’s easy to search. As with Google Web Search, we rank patent results according to their relevance to a given search query. We use a number of signals to evaluate how relevant each patent is to a user's query, and we determine our results algorithmically.

Patent Scope: World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
This facility allows you to search nearly 1.5 million international (PCT or WO) patent applications, to view the latest information and documents available from the International Bureau, and to obtain the national filing status of PCT member countries.

Patent Database: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
Search issued US patents (full-text since 1976, full-page images since 1790) and US patent applications (published since 15 March 2001). The website also provides a range of useful additional resources.

Patent Lens: CAMBIA
Search the full-text of more than 8 million patent documents from US, Europe, Australia and WIPO, including their status and counterparts in up to 60 countries. Covers all technology classifications for US patent applications and patents, and is expanding from life sciences to all classifications for other jurisdictions.

Patents: Community of Science (COS)
A comprehensive bibliographic database containing records for each of the 2.6 million US patents issued since 1975.

PatentStorm offers patents from the US Patent Office, including full-text patent search. Today, we have all patents from January 1990 forward. PatentStorm is a sister company of Storming Media, a Washington, DC-based company that makes US federal government information more accessible.

Register Plus: European Patent Office (EPO)
The Register Plus is the place to find out whether a European patent application has been granted or not. It records the steps of the European patent granting procedure as the application passes through. Users can even call up images of the correspondence between the EPO and the patent applicant (or the patent attorney).

Patent database covering US, EP, Singapore, China, Canada, WIPO/PCT, Taiwan, UK, Korea and Thailand created by IPEXL under contract from the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore. Includes additional features Patent Maps and IP Parade where IP/technology owners can evaluate, exploit and commercialise their IP.

India BigPatents
The India based search system performs a full-text search over all the fields across the entire database of all applications and patents. Applicant search, issued patent search and publication date wise searches are available.

WIPO Patent Databases in Different Countries
Web links to the independent patent databases of 32 separate countries and regions.

Other websites offering useful patent software
This link includes a list maintained by EPO.

Patent Databases - Subscription/Fee Based

Delphion (Thomson)
Provides access to worldwide patent collections & searching options.
Analytical tools include

  • Citation Link creates graphical maps of forward and backward references

  • Snapshot allows quick online analysis of your results using bar charts

  • PatentLab-II supports offline analysis of results with 3D graphs and charts

  • Clustering performs keyword-based linguistic analysis

  • Corporate Tree facilitates targeted Assignee name searching

And productivity tools include:

  • Data Extract exports key bibliographic fields in common formats

  • Work Files save, organize, annotate and share personalized lists of patents

  • Saved Searches saves queries for frequently-used searches

  • Alerts automatically notifies you of updates

  • PDF Express bulk downloads of up to 500 PDFs

Derwent World Patents Index® (Thomson)
The most comprehensive database of global value-added patent documents published. 1.5 million patent documents are added into the database each year from 41 patent-issuing authorities. Team of 350 specialist editors assess, classify and index these documents to provide concise English language abstracts, which are readily searched and easily understood. As of June 2007, the database contains 15.5 million records covering 33.07 million patent documents.

Dialog (Thomson)
Dialog intellectual property databases include US copyright data, trademarks from 14 countries plus the European Community and WIPO, four million trademark images, Japanese trademarks in English, over 15 million patents covering 60 countries, US business process patents and Korean patent application abstracts in English.

Delivers complete multi-page patent documents direct to your desktop, printer, or emailbox. Our online archive includes patents from the USPTO, EPO, WIPO (PCT), Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Japan, Spain, and Switzerland, as well as US file histories.

Includes four different services:

  • LexisNexis® PatentOptimizer™: develop internally consistent, concise, and well-tailored patent applications and analyze and dissect issued patents online.

  • Global IP Law Service: provides comprehensive coverage of international, regional and domestic laws related to patents, trademarks, utility models and industrial designs.

  • LexisNexis® Patent and Trademark Solutions: ReedFax service delivers copies of original US, EP, WO, and translated Japanese patent and trademark documents. Services include File History, Prior Art Search, and Manual Translations.

  • LexisNexis TotalPatent™: a new research, retrieval and analysis solution designed with the broadest and deepest collection of patent-specific content available anywhere.

A global, full-service intellectual property and rights (IP&R) and intangible asset (IA) financial services firm. We provide the technical and financial systems that allow public and private markets to search, analyze, and use IP&R and IA for regulated transactions in banking, securities, insurance, and public innovation investment and technology procurement.

MicroPatent (Thomson)
A leading source for online patent and trademark information. Combining advanced technology with the most comprehensive, up-to-date IP information, MicroPatent delivers a complete intellectual property solution—whether it’s online searching, document delivery, patent analysis, file histories, or professional search assistance.

Nerac is a Research and Advisory Firm for companies developing innovative products and technologies. Providing custom research, analysis and advisory services, we help you drive product innovation through timely competitive analysis, identification of emerging technologies and opportunities, intellectual property strategies, compliance requirements and more.

PatBase (MineSoft)
PatBase is a searchable patent database covering over 28 million patent families with historical information dating back to the early 1900s. Developed in partnership with Minesoft Ltd and RWS Group, PatBase offers a wealth of innovative features. Searchable Full Text, Citation Searching, Alerting Service PatBase now offers over 10 million full-text searchable documents from the US, EP, PCT, GB, DE and FR patent-issuing authorities. A hit map and keyword-in-context hit analysis assist users in document examination. PatBase also offers citation searching enabling users to navigate through patent and no-patent documents cited against US, EP, and WO publications. An alerting service, which provides clients with up-to-date reports on their search criteria, is available on a weekly or monthly basis.

Semantic patent search engine technology and a scalable, modular patent research and intellectual property management software application built around an integrated international patent database.

QPat (Questel)
Questel lets you conduct highly sophisticated searches on the most extensive collection of patent databases, each from the world’s major patenting authorities and information providers.

Plant Variety Databases

US Plant Variety Protection Office (PVPO) - Public Access Databases
Search status and scanned copies of PVP certificates issued by the PVPO of the US Department of Agriculture; database updated monthly.

UPOV Plant Variety Database (on CD-ROM)
Data on plant varieties from contributing members of the Union and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) (representing about 300,000 documents) is available in the UPOV-ROM search system. The great majority of these documents relate to plant breeders’ rights or national listings in the members of the Union

Trademark Databases

CTM-ONLINE: EU Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market, Trade Marks and Designs, (Community Trademark Online)
The Office for Harmonization promotes and manages trade marks and designs within the European Union. It carries out registration procedures for titles to Community industrial property, and it keeps public registers of these titles. CTM-ONLINE provides ready access to information on Community trade mark applications and Community trade marks, updated on a daily basis.

Japanese Trademark Database
The Japanese Industrial Property Digital Library maintains a searchable online database of 1.8 million registered trademarks and over 400,000 trademark applications.

Madrid Express (Trademark) Structured Search (WIPO)
The Madrid Express database includes all international registrations that are currently in force or have expired within the past six months. It reflects the situation of the International Register of Marks as at 08/10/2007. It also includes data relating to international applications and subsequent designations that have been received by the International Bureau but have not yet been recorded in the international register of marks.

TESS: US Patent and Trademark Office, Trademark Electronic Search System
TESS contains more than 4 million pending, registered, and dead federal US trademarks.

Geographic Origins Databases

Lisbon Structured Search (WIPO)
The Lisbon Express database contains information on all the appellations of origin entered, in accordance with the Lisbon Agreement for the Protection of Appellations of Origin and their International Registration, in the international register kept by the WIPO International Bureau.

Database of Origin and Registration (DOOR) (EU)
The Database of Origin & Registration (DOOR) project supports the agricultural product quality policy by providing a modern IT system for the dissemination of public data with regard to registered PDOs (Protected Designations of Origin), PGIs (Protected Geographical Indications) and TSG (Traditional Specialities Guaranteed).

Traditional Knowledge Databases

Traditional Knowledge Online
This portal is designed as a database of the information on TK available on the Internet. Research revealed that though a lot of material is available on the Internet relating to various aspects of TK, these are not available at one place in a systematically classified fashion. This portal provides only a classification and brief description of the content but the information relating to any topic is provided by the content providers. The scope of this portal is limited to facilitating access to content generated by others and does not provide original content.

Industry-Specific IP Databases

PIPRA (Public Intellectual Property Resource for Agriculture) Agricultural IP Database:
This web-based database was established to monitor and advertise, on an ongoing basis, the status information of PIPRA’s 45 member institutions’ agricultural biotechnology intellectual properties. The PIPRA Agricultural IP Database allows member institutions to effectively contract out some of their technology through increasing exposure of their availability. Furthermore, this database can provide a rich searchable source of information about patent accessibility to all organizations seeking freedom to operate in agricultural biotechnology.

The Electronic Orange Book
Search approved drug products by patent, with therapeutic equivalence evaluations. Current through August 2007.

Innovation Registries

Honey Bee Network
The Honey Bee Network is a knowledge network augmenting grassroots innovation. It has resulted in a database containing over 70,000 submissions on innovations and traditional knowledge from around India.

Technology Transfer and Licensing Databases

Search over 40,000 technology licensing offers in the Technology Market Search.

Idea Trade Network
Idea Trade Network (ITN) is an award-winning one-stop global forum that allows companies and individuals to license, buy or sell ideas, new inventions as well as patents and trademarks. A division of GCCI and a pioneering industry leader, Idea Trade Network's mission is to link the ingenuity of innovators with investors, manufacturers as well as idea commercialization firms who have the expertise and resources to market new ideas at the worldwide level. Currently, intellectual properties worth over $1.2 billion are for sale on Idea Trade Network.

KnowledgeExpress (UTEK)
KnowledgeExpress offers a completely free information service to promote or search profiles and licensable technologies from organizations worldwide.

Pharmalicensing is the leading online global resource for partnering, licensing and business development within the life science and biopharmaceutical industry. Our unique services complement and enhance business development activity throughout the deal making process, from finding partners to making the deal. The licensing databases provide up-to-date access to technology licensing opportunities worldwide

Technologies originating from grassroots innovations in India available for licensing nationally and internationally.

A source for locating licensable technologies for use by intellectual property, licensing, and business development departments. Sourced from hundreds of Universities and Research Institutes from around the world, TechEx provides the most comprehensive and up-to-date access to breakthrough innovations and global technologies.
Serves to connect those seeking cutting-edge physical science technologies with the leading universities and research institutions that are developing these innovations. is a robust marketplace for new university technologies and provides a vital source of technology acquisition opportunities for companies interested in finding physical science, nanotechnology, chemistry, engineering and computer science innovations.
Offers a broad range of value-added and customized services for listing and marketing your technologies and technology needs, by maintaining our online marketplace of technology for license, available know-how, and technology needs and providing consultative services around assessing your portfolio of intellectual property.

Other patent licensing exchanges
A List maintained by EPO.