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Patent Collection Descriptions


  • United States Patents — Applications (US)
  • United States Patents — Granted (US)
  • European Patents — Applications (EP-A)
  • European Patents — Granted (EP-B)
  • German Patents — Applications


  • German Patents — Granted
  • INPADOC Family and Legal Status
  • Patent Abstracts of Japan (JP)
  • Switzerland (CH)
  • WIPO PCT Publications (WO)
  • See Coverage Dates & Update Schedule for specifics on the collection update schedule.


    United States Patents — Applications (US)

    Description: The US Patents Application collection contains complete text and images of all patent applications published by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). This collection has bibliographic text, full text and images of published US patent applications from March 2001 to present.


    Provider: US Patent and Trademark Office; Washington, DC, USA


    Coverage Data Countries
    March 2001-present Bibliographic text, full text, full images United States

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    United States Patents — Granted (US)

    Description: Complete text and images of all patents issued by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) since 1974, and bibliographic text and some images since 1971. This collection also includes full images for Backfile patents dated 1790-1971.

    Provider: US Patent and Trademark Office; Washington, DC, USA


    Coverage Data Countries
    1971-present Bibliographic text, full text, full images United States
    1790-1971 Full images United States

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    European Patents — Applications (EP-A)

    Description: The EP-A collection contains European patent applications published by the European Patent Office. Our EP-A collection has bibliographic text and full document images of applications for European patents issued from 1979 to present, and full text from 1987 to present.

    Provider: European Patent Office; Vienna, Austria


    Coverage Data Countries
    1979-present Bibliographic text, full images 22
    1987-present Full text 22

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    European Patents — Granted (EP-B)

    Description: The EP-B collection contains European patents published by the European Patent Office. Our EP-B collection has bibliographic text and full document images of patents for European patents issued from 1980 to present, and full text from 1991 to present.

    Provider: European Patent Office; Vienna, Austria


    Coverage Data Countries
    1980-present Bibliographic text, full images 22
    1991-present Full text 22

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    German Patents — Applications

    Description: The German Applications collection contains German patent applications published by the German Patent and Trademark Office combined with German data provided by INPADOC. Our German Applications collection has biblio, first claims, and full document images of German patent applications issued from 1968 to present, and full text from 1987 to present.

    Provider: German Patent and Trademark Office; Munich, Germany


    Coverage Data Countries
    1987-present Full text Germany
    1968-present Biblio, first claim, full images Germany

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    German Patents — Granted

    Description: The German Granted collection contains German granted patents and utility models published by the German Patent and Trademark Office combined with German data provided by INPADOC. Our German Granted collection has biblio, first claims, and full document images of German granted patents and utility models issued from 1968 to present, and full text from 1987 to present. It also includes some biblio and image coverage from 1967.

    Provider: German Patent and Trademark Office; Munich, Germany


    Coverage Data Countries
    1987-present Full text Germany
    1968-present Biblio, first claim, full images Germany

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    INPADOC Family and Legal Status

    Description: INPADOC is one of the most comprehensive patent collections in the world. It contains patent family documents from 71 world patent signatories and legal status information from 42 patent offices. Delphion brings together both of these pieces of information into a single searchable database and makes available 30 million patent family documents and 45 million legal status actions. Family and legal status data are displayed in a patent's Integrated View.

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    Provider: European Patent Office; Vienna, Austria


    Coverage Data Countries
    1968-present Bibliographic text, full images for most 71 world patent signatories

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    Patent Abstracts of Japan (PAJ)

    Description: Japanese unexamined patent applications in English for both Japanese and non-Japanese priorities from JAPIO, combined with Japanese data provided by INPADOC. At present, representative first pages are available for viewing online.

    Provider: JAPIO, Japan Patent Information Organization; Tokyo, Japan


    Coverage Data Countries
    October 1976-present Bibliographic text, representative image Japan

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    Switzerland (CH)

    Description: Images for more than 17,000 Swiss patents. For over 250,000 Swiss patents, bibliographic information from 1969 to present is searchable via our INPADOC collection.

    Provider: Swiss Patent Office; Berne, Switzerland

    Swiss Searching Tips:
    • To search Swiss patents by title words or other bibliographic fields, go to the Boolean search page, select the "INPADOC" collection, select the "[PC] Pub. Country" field and enter "CH". Then enter whatever additional search terms you like in the other fields.
    • To search for a particular Swiss patent by number, select "CH Switzerland" on the Quick/Number search page, then enter the number.
    • Swiss patent titles are mostly in German, with some in French.
    • Abstracts for Swiss patents are not currently available.

    Coverage Data Countries
    1990-01-15-present Images Switzerland

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    WIPO PCT Publications (WO)

    Description: PCT stands for the "Patent Cooperation Treaty". PCT publications are abstracts, full document images, and full text from over a hundred member countries including the US.

    Providers: Bibliographic data and images from World Intellectual Property Organization; Geneva, Switzerland. Full text data from Univentio Information Services BV; The Netherlands.


    Coverage Data Countries
    1978-present Bibliographic text, full text 175+
    1978-present Full images 175+

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