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U. S. PATENT RESOURCES

As general guidance, a complete search of U. S. patents in this art area will include the following:

  1. A classified search of the original classification class and subclass for the subject matter and the other highly relevant art areas in the US patent documents
  2. A text search of the US patent documents; patents, PG PUB, and OCR databases:
    • Broad text search for the general inventive concept(s), not limited by classification
    • Narrow text search for the specific claimed invention
    • Boolean text search employing the relevant inventive terms

The resources listed below are internal USPTO search tools. However, the information that they cover is available either commercially, on the USPTO web site, or in the Public Search Facility on the USPTO Headquarters campus and the Patent and Trademark Depository Libraries.

EAST/WEST
EAST Coverage: 1971 - present, Full Text: 1971 - present
WEST Coverage: 1971 - present, Full Text: 1971 - present
Full text patent and inventor searching.

All patent documents in a classification are viewed by USPC for relevance to the patent application being searched. For the image sensor area, transistor layouts can be seen easily using figures. The optics portion, describing specific lens structures and configurations, is also best searched this way. The housings subclasses also lend themselves to class/subclass searching using figures. Classification searching in the camera connected to computer subclass range is useful since the methods of zoom focus and exposure operation are often described by generic terms that are not consistent through all applications. Text searching is used as a supplement when specific key terms are present in the claims and it is essential to find art outside the class boundary.
BRS Search/USOCR Database
EAST Coverage: 1920 - 1970, Full Text: 1920 - 1970
WEST Coverage: 1920 - 1970, Full Text: 1920 - 1970
Full text of U.S. patent grants.

All patent documents in a classification are viewed by USPC for relevance to the patent application being searched.
PGPUBS
EAST Coverage: 2001 - present, Full Text: 2001 - present
WEST Coverage: 2001 - present, Full Text: 2001 - present
U.S. published applications.

All patent documents in a classification are viewed by USPC for relevance to the patent application being searched. For the image sensor area, transistor layouts can be seen easily using figures. The optics portion, describing specific lens structures and configurations, is also best searched this way. The housings subclasses also lend themselves to class/subclass searching using figures. Classification searching in the camera connected to computer subclass range is useful since the methods of zoom focus and exposure operation are often described by generic terms that are not consistent through all applications. Text searching is used as a supplement when specific key terms are present in the claims and it is essential to find art outside the class boundary.

FOREIGN PATENT RESOURCES

Searched separately from the U.S. Patent Search. These databases consist of abstract documents. Text searching abstracts requires the use of different search logic e.g. the use of broad Boolean and/or operators instead of narrow proximity operators.

Derwent World Patents Index and the contents of the EPO Abstracts and JPO Abstracts are available commercially.

Derwent World Patents Index, Classification and Text Search
EAST Coverage: 1963 - present, Full Text: - N/A
WEST Coverage: 1963 - present, Full Text: - N/A
English abstracts database of patent documents from more than 40 patent-issuing authorities.

Used for text and assignee/inventor searching. Queries may include classification parameters when combined with other terms to be searched in the technical content of the application.
EPO esp@cenet
esp@cenet Coverage: 1920 - present, Full Text: 1920 - present
National patent information from all member states of the EPO as well as bibliographic data from patents worldwide.

Source for translations.
FPAS3
Coverage: 1980 - present, Full Text: -
USPTO foreign document retrieval system.

Used for document retrieval.
JPO Abstracts, Text and Classification Search
EAST Coverage: 1976 - present, Full Text: - N/A
WEST Coverage: 1976 - present, Full Text: - N/A
English abstracts database of Japanese published unexamined applications. USPC searching is limited to documents added to the database from 1978 to September 30, 1995.

JPO patent documents in an IPC classification are viewed for relevance to the patent application being searched. Used for text and assignee/inventor searching.

NON-PATENT LITERATURE RESOURCES

The resources listed are those that USPTO staff have found consistently yield the most relevant search results. Commercial databases available through a single vendor can generally be searched simultaneously, although it is preferable to search full text and bibliographic databases in separate groupings. In addition to the use of subscription databases and public Internet sites, it is recommended that books, manuals, standards and specifications be considered in the search for prior art.

ACM Digital Library
ACM Coverage: Dates - vary, Full Text: Dates - vary
Citations and full text articles from ACM journals, newsletters, and conference proceedings.

This resource provides relevant data for electronic, digital cameras, optical scanning, image sensing, image capturing, image processing, web-cam, product data.
IEEE Xplore
IEEE Coverage: 1952 - present, Full Text: 1988 - present
Full text access to technical literature in electrical engineering, computer science, and electronics.

This resource provides relevant data for electronic, digital cameras, optical scanning, image sensing, image capturing, image processing.
BIOSIS Previews
Dialog Coverage: 1969 - present, Full Text: - N/A
STN Coverage: 1969 - present, Full Text: - N/A
Comprehensive worldwide coverage of research in the biological and biomedical sciences.

This resource provides relevant data if device is used in the medical field.
Business Dateline
Dialog Coverage: 1985 - present, Full Text: 1985 - present
Full text of major news and feature stories from regional business publications from throughout the United States and Canada.

This resource provides relevant data for electronic, digital cameras, optical scanning, image sensing, image capturing, image processing, web-cam, product data.
Computer News Fulltext
Dialog Coverage: 1989 - present, Full Text: 1989 - present
Full text articles from Computerworld and Network World.

This resource provides relevant data for electronic, digital cameras, optical scanning, image sensing, image capturing, image processing, web-cam, product data.
DIALOG Telecommunications Newsletters
Dialog Coverage: 1995 - present, Full Text: 1995 - present
Full text telecommunications newsletters that provide information on companies, products, markets, and technologies.

This resource provides relevant data for electronic, digital cameras, optical scanning, image sensing, image capturing, image processing, web-cam, product data.
Ei Compendex
Dialog Coverage: 1970 - present, Full Text: - N/A
Questel Orbit Coverage: 1970 - present, Full Text: - N/A
STN Coverage: 1970 - present, Full Text: - N/A
Comprehensive database of engineering literature.

This resource provides relevant data for electronic, digital cameras, optical scanning, image sensing, image capturing, image processing, web-cam, product data.
EMBASE
Dialog Coverage: 1993 - present, Full Text: - N/A
STN Coverage: 1974 - present, Full Text: - N/A
Index of the world's literature on human medicine and related disciplines.

This resource provides relevant data if device is used in the medical field.
Gale Database of Publications and Broadcast Media
Dialog Coverage: Current - year, Full Text: Current - year
Contains detailed records on 87,017 newspapers, magazines, journals, periodicals, directories, newsletters, and radio, television and cable stations and systems.

This resource provides relevant data for electronic, digital cameras, optical scanning, image sensing, image capturing, image processing, product data.
Gale Group Business A.R.T.SSM (Applied Research, Theory, and Scholarship)
Dialog Coverage: 1976 - present, Full Text: 1976 - present
Full-text scholarly business database; focuses on social, cultural, political and psychological aspects of business.

This resource provides relevant data for electronic, digital cameras, optical scanning, image sensing, image capturing, image processing, product data.
Gale Group Computer DatabaseTM
Dialog Coverage: 1983 - present, Full Text: 1988 - present
Information about the computer, electronics, and telecommunications industries.

This resource provides relevant data for electronic, digital cameras, optical scanning, image sensing, image capturing, image processing, web-cam, product data.
Gale Group GlobalbaseTM
Dialog Coverage: 1986 - 2002, Full Text: - N/A
Worldwide coverage of companies, products, and industries with a primary focus on Europe.

This resource provides relevant data for electronic, digital cameras, optical scanning, image sensing, image capturing, image processing, product data.
Gale Group Magazine DatabaseTM
Dialog Coverage: 1959 - present, Full Text: 1983 - present
Full text articles on automobiles, finance, sports/recreation, food, and health.

This resource provides relevant data for electronic, digital cameras, optical scanning, image sensing, image capturing, image processing, product data.
Gale Group New Product Announcements/Plus (NPA/Plus)
Dialog Coverage: 1985 - present, Full Text: 1985 - present
Full text press releases from all industries covering announcements related to products, with a focus on new products and services.

This resource provides relevant data for electronic, digital cameras, optical scanning, image sensing, image capturing, image processing, product data.
Gale Group Newsletter DatabaseTM
Dialog Coverage: 1988 - present, Full Text: 1988 - present
Full text of specialized industry newsletters that provide information on companies, products, markets, and technologies.

This resource provides relevant data for electronic, digital cameras, optical scanning, image sensing, image capturing, image processing, product data.
Gale Group PROMT
Dialog Coverage: 1990 - present, Full Text: 1990 - present
STN Coverage: 1978 - present, Full Text: 1978 - present
International coverage of companies, products, markets, and applied technologies for all industries.

This resource provides relevant data for electronic, digital cameras, optical scanning, image sensing, image capturing, image processing, product data.
Gale Group Trade & Industry DatabaseTM
Dialog Coverage: 1976 - present, Full Text: 1976 - present
Coverage of international company, industry, product and market information.

This resource provides relevant data for electronic, digital cameras, optical scanning, image sensing, image capturing, image processing, product data.
Health Devices AlertsŪ (HDA)
Dialog Coverage: 1977 - present, Full Text: - N/A
Database of reported medical device problems, hazards, recalls, evaluations, and updates.

This resource provides relevant data if device is used in the medical field.
IBM Technical Disclosure Bulletin
EAST/WEST Coverage: 1958 - 1998, Full Text: -
Defensive disclosure database.

This resource provides relevant data for electronic, digital cameras, optical scanning, image sensing, image capturing, image processing.
Inside Conferences
Dialog Coverage: 1993 - present, Full Text: - N/A
Contains details of all papers given at every congress, symposium, conference, exposition, workshop, and meeting received at the British Library Document Supply Centre.

This resource provides relevant data for electronic, digital cameras, optical scanning, image sensing, image capturing, image processing.
Inspec (The Database for Physics, Electronics and Computing)
Dialog Coverage: 1898 - present, Full Text: - N/A
Dialog DataStar Coverage: 1969 - present, Full Text: - N/A
Questel Orbit Coverage: 1969 - present, Full Text: - N/A
STN Coverage: 1969 - present, Full Text: - N/A
Inspec (The Database for Physics, Electronics and Computing) corresponds to the three Science Abstracts print publications: Physics Abstracts, Electrical and Electronics Abstracts, and Computer and Control Abstracts.

This resource provides relevant data for electronic, digital cameras, optical scanning, image sensing, image capturing, image processing.
Internet and Personal Computing Abstracts
EBSCO Coverage: 1980's - present, Full Text: - N/A
Literature related to personal computing products and developments in business, the Internet, the home, and all other applied areas.

This resource provides relevant data for electronic, digital cameras, optical scanning, image sensing, image capturing, image processing.
JICST-EPlus - Japanese Science & Technology
Dialog Coverage: 1985 - present, Full Text: - N/A
STN Coverage: 1985 - present, Full Text: - N/A
English citations and abstracts covering the literature published in Japan on all fields of science, technology, and medicine.

This resource provides relevant data for electronic, digital cameras, optical scanning, image sensing, image capturing, image processing.
Knovel
Knovel Coverage: Dates - vary, Full Text: Dates - vary
Science and engineering books and databases.

This resource is used as a source for machine translations of Japanese patent documents from 1993 to present.
MEDLINE (Medical Literature, Analysis, and Retrieval System Online)
Dialog Coverage: 1951 - present, Full Text: - N/A
STN Coverage: 1950 - present, Full Text: - N/A
Bibliographic database containing references to journal articles in life sciences with a concentration on biomedicine.

This resource provides relevant data if device is used in the medical field.
Periodical Abstracts PlusText
Dialog Coverage: 1986 - present, Full Text: 1992 - present
Provides indexing and abstracting of articles in more than 1,800 general-reference publications.

This resource provides relevant data for electronic, digital cameras, optical scanning, image sensing, image capturing, image processing, product data.
ProQuest Direct
ProQuest Coverage: Dates - vary, Full Text: 1986 - present
Current periodicals and newspapers, as well as archives of major newspapers.

This resource provides relevant data for electronic, digital cameras, optical scanning, image sensing, image capturing, image processing, product data.
Readers Guide Abstracts Full Text
Dialog Coverage: 1983 - present, Full Text: 1994 - present
Contains feature articles, news stories, cover stories, product evaluations, performing arts reviews, book reviews, fiction, short stories, and poems.

This resource provides relevant data for electronic, digital cameras, optical scanning, image sensing, image capturing, image processing, product data.
Transportation Research Information Services (TRIS)
Dialog Coverage: 1968 - present, Full Text: - N/A
Provides international coverage of ongoing research projects, published journal articles, state and federal government reports, conference proceedings, research and technical papers, and monographs.

This resource provides relevant data for electronic, digital cameras, optical scanning, image sensing, image capturing, image processing, product data.
UnCover
Dialog Coverage: 1988 - 2001, Full Text: - N/A
Covers a wide range of interests that include the fields of science, technology, and medicine; social sciences (including business), and arts/humanities.

This resource provides relevant data for electronic, digital cameras, optical scanning, image sensing, image capturing, image processing, product data.

INTERNET SEARCH TOOLS

An Internet search should be considered when a search of the resources listed above fails to locate relevant prior art. A preliminary Internet search may be performed to obtain an overview of the technology, and to identify additional search terms and related product information.

Google TM
Google Coverage: - N/A, Full Text: - N/A
Internet search engine.

This resource provides relevant information for the following: tutorials, inventor papers and/or web sites, assignee or company product data or specifications, manuals, standards such as MPEGs, RFC's (Request for Comments), and ISO/IEC, etc. In addition, provides access to resources that can define the meaning of acronyms, or terms of art.


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