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

EAST is used for class/subclass and text searching. A fast flip rate and quality images make this resource highly relevant for searching and viewing images. This resource is used to determine the appropriate utility counterpart to the design.
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.

EAST is used for text searching.
PALM (Patent Application Locating and Monitoring)
USPTO Coverage: - Current, Full Text: - Current
Pending patent applications, recent patents, and abandoned files.

The Patent Application Locating and Monitoring (PALM) system is a large database system that maintains records for each patent application. PALM is designed to provide on-line access to information on all pending applications, as well as most recently patented and abandoned files. Useful for inventor/assignee name searches.
EAST Coverage: 2001 - present, Full Text: 2001 - present
WEST Coverage: 2001 - present, Full Text: 2001 - present
U.S. published applications.

EAST is used for class/subclass and text searching. A fast flip rate and quality images make this resource highly relevant for searching and viewing images.


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.

AU Designs Data Searching
Australian IP Office Coverage: 1986 - present, Full Text: 1986 - present
AU Designs Data Searching contains the bibliographic data of Registered Australian Designs and details of Applications.

This resource may provide relevant art.
Designs Database Modindun@t
Spanish Patent and Trade Mark Office Coverage: 1968 - present, Full Text: 1968 - present
Technological information on industrial designs.

This resource may provide relevant art.
EPO Abstracts, Text and Classification Search
EAST Coverage: 1978 - present, Full Text: - N/A
WEST Coverage: 1978 - present, Full Text: - N/A
English abstracts database of published unexamined applications from EPO, WO/PCT, United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Switzerland.

This database may provide relevant information.
Finland Design Database
National Board of Patents and Registration Coverage: - , Full Text: -
The service provides access to basic data and images of specific designs.

This resource may provide relevant art.
Hague Express (Designs) Search
WIPO Coverage: - , Full Text: -
WIPO Intellectual Property Digital Library design search site.

This resource provides highly relevant art.
RCD-ONLINE - Design consultation service
OHMI Coverage: - , Full Text: -
European Union Community design register.

This resource frequently provides highly relevant art.
Slovenian Intellectual Property Office Industrial Designs
SIPO Coverage: - , Full Text: -
Information database contains bibliographic data of published applications and registered industrial designs.

This resource may provide relevant art.
UK Patent Office - Designs
UK Patent Office Coverage: - , Full Text: -
British designs image search service.

This database may be searched by class, subclass, and sub subclass. Many images can be viewed simultaneously. This resource provides highly relevant art.


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.

Company Catalogs
STIC online catalog Coverage: Dates - vary, Full Text: Dates - vary
Product catalogs.

Manufacturers catalogs, especially Sony, provide relevant information.
Design Library
Coverage: - , Full Text: -
Print collection of design resources.

The D17 collection in the Design Library houses useful information. Personal collections of sources used, and other examiners are often consulted to provide expertise.
Hong Kong Enterprise
Hong Kong Trade Development Council Coverage: - N/A, Full Text: - N/A
Web site of Hong Kong-based manufacturers, traders and service exporters.

This resource contains many images, and may provide relevant art for electronics, new games, and massaging tools, among other items.


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 Catalogs
Google Coverage: - N/A, Full Text: - N/A
Mail-order catalogs online.

Used to search on-line mail order catalogs. This resource can be used to date catalogs.
Google Image Search
Google Coverage: - N/A, Full Text: - N/A
Image search engine.

Used for searching images.

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