Patent searches as a complement to literature searches in the life sciences: A 'how-to' tutorial.

TitlePatent searches as a complement to literature searches in the life sciences: A 'how-to' tutorial.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsSeeber F
JournalNature protocols
Volume2
Issue10
Pagination2418-28
Date Published2007
ISSN1750-2799
KeywordsDatabases, Bibliographic; Internet; Patents as Topic; Software; User-Computer Interface
AbstractThis communication provides an easy-to-follow protocol for using the free Internet-accessible scientific search engine, Scirus, to search for and subsequently retrieve published patents from several patent offices in portable document format (PDF). Hints on how to 'read' patents and how to extract relevant information, as well as how to export bibliographic data from Scirus and how to cite patents, are also given. The reason for providing such a protocol is that a vast amount of information, also of potential interest to life scientists, is largely hidden for those not knowing how to access these data. Several examples are provided that highlight the reasons to include patent searches into the workflow of life scientists. These include early access to data before publication, patents as a source of data that never appear in the literature and patents as a source of critical information otherwise hard to get from commercial suppliers. Finally, alternative free patent search services are briefly discussed, and their differences are highlighted.
DOI10.1038/nprot.2007.355
Alternate JournalNat Protoc