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Prior Art Database Features and Benefits

This article describes the features and benefits of publishing to the Prior Art Database (PAD) including freedom to operate at a fraction of the cost of the patent application process. By publishing to PAD, a patent examiner is more likely to see your innovation because PAD is the premier prior art database for defensive publication. You can search our PAD, the largest aggregator of prior art where you are most likely to find what you are looking for with a single search.

Defensive Publishing Prior Art Database (PAD)

Publish to the IP.com Prior Art Database

It is a good idea to patent your core differentiating technologies. However, you can save time and money by defensively publishing your non-core, non-commercial operational innovations as prior art. It is easy to publish to PAD and a more cost-effective way to mitigate your IP risks. Obtaining a patent costs a lot of money and is not always a sure thing, whereas publishing to PAD is a certainty.

Prevent your competition from obtaining a patent on your invention. By defensively publishing the idea in our Prior Art Database, you place it in the public domain and make it prior art. PAD is the only database needed to protect and market your innovation. Your competition will be prevented from obtaining a patent on your invention.

Here is why our Prior Art Database is unique for publishing disclosures:

  • The world’s largest aggregator of prior art – More people use our Prior Art Database than any other database available today. This increases the likelihood that patent examiners can search for and find your disclosure in our Prior Art Database. Patent examiners, inventors, attorneys, R&D specialists, engineers, and researchers from all over the world search the PAD.
  • Strategic relationships put prior art in front of the right people – When you publish to our Prior Art Database, your technical disclosure appears in front of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), European Patent Office (EPO), National Intellectual Property Administration of the People’s Republic of China (CNIPA), and dozens of international authorities.
  • Copy editors make sure your disclosure is discoverable and defensible – To ensure that your disclosure is discoverable and defensible, IP.com offers copy editing services. Our experts edit your document to make sure it is clear, anonymous, thorough, and well-organized, so it can be easily understood and not misinterpreted. We also scrub your identity from the content, if you choose, preventing your competitors from identifying your trade secrets.

Key Features of the IP.com Prior Art Database

  • Multi-Language Source – A multilingual source of unique documents
  • Online and Print Versions – Available online and printed The IP.com Journal
  • IBM Technical Disclosure Bulletins – Exclusive location on the web
  • Non-patent Literature – Essential source for IP professionals, attorneys, corporate researchers, and universities
  • Required Reference for Patent Examiners – Rule 34 of the 11th Session of International Authorities under the Patent Cooperation Treaty
  • A Wide Variety of Technical Disclosures – Publications from Fortune 100 and prominent companies

Get a publishing voucher

A publishing voucher is needed for each disclosure you submit to our Prior Art Database. The voucher fee includes:

  • Online publishing of your document in the Prior Art Database
  • Paper printing of bibliographic information and abstract in The IP.com Journal
  • Electronic reproduction of your disclosure in the optical disc included with The IP.com Journal*
    *To print your disclosure in full in The IP.com Journal, create an account, log in, and then purchase a one-page print voucher for each printable page of your primary disclosure file.

Search Our Prior Art Database

By searching with our PAD, you can save time with a single source for all relevant ideas and inventions. As one of the largest aggregators of prior art, the IP.com Prior Art Database is highly desired to satisfy your search requirements.

Our PAD is among the world’s largest and most comprehensive collections

  • Essential source of non-patent literature for IP professionals, attorneys, corporate researchers and development staff, libraries, and universities
  • Exclusive location for IBM Technical Disclosure Bulletin (TDB) documents on the web
  • Home to a wide variety of technical disclosures, including many from Fortune 10 companies and anonymous publications from many prominent companies
  • Home to disclosures published with full authorship information from IBM, Motorola, Siemens, and many more
Introduction to Defensive Publishing and the Prior Art Database (PAD)
Registering an IP.com Account and Accessing Solutions
Updating your Account Information
Publishing Disclosures to the Prior Art Database (PAD)
The IP.com Journal – Contents, Availability, and Distribution
Purchasing Defensive Publishing Vouchers
How to Publish a Disclosure
Searching the Prior Art Database (PAD)
Searching PAD Using Keywords
Searching PAD Using Concepts
Downloading Publications from the Prior Art Database (PAD)
Last Updated: October 1, 2023
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