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Searching PAD Using Keywords

This page describes how to easily search the IP.com Prior Art Database (PAD) to find publications by using a Keyword Search. To learn more about the features and benefits of defensive publishing, click here.

Defensive Publishing Prior Art Database (PAD)

For a Keyword Search, enter a publication number, word, or phrase with optional Boolean syntax and the title, abstract, and primary document are searched. You can optionally enter a date range and select a publishing source for your Prior Art Data search.

1 To search documents by using the keyword search facility, select Keyword Search from the Type of Search drop-down.

2 To start a search, enter keywords using the available Boolean syntax and other functions. You can specify search fields such as Title, Abstract, Copyright, Related_People, Related Documents, Original_Date, Pub_Country, and Pub_Language as a Keyword search. For further information on using Boolean logic, view our Keyword Search Guide, Prior Art Database Keyword Search Guide

3 To search for documents within a specific date range, click Advanced Search. From the Dates drop-down, select either IP.com Publication Date or Original Publication Date, and then select Date Range to enter the From and To dates or select from the list of Quick Dates.

4 To limit the publishing source, click Advanced Search and from the Publishing Source dropdown, select from the list of sources.

5 To limit your search by chemical structures, click Advanced Search and then below Chemical Structures, check the Required field.

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Use the Results

Once you click Search, the results display in a grid. To learn more about displaying the results, previewing a publication, downloading a publication, and other features, click on the link Searching the Prior Art Database.

Note: If your Keyword Search matches too many words, an error message displays. You will need to narrow your wildcard search to get results, or you can run a Concept Search. Introduction to Defensive Publishing and the Prior Art Database (PAD)
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Purchasing Defensive Publishing Vouchers
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Last Updated: October 1, 2023
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