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CHEE 360 - Technical Communications

How to Select a Patent Database

Selecting the appropriate patent database largely depends on the type of information you need. If you need to find a copy of a known patent, there are many places on the web where you can download PDFs. However, if you need to do a state-of-the-art or patentability search, here are some criteria you should considered when selecting a database:

  • Year coverage
  • Currency - how often is the database updated?
  • Country coverage
  • Classification

Patent Office Databases