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The IP.com Journal – Contents, Availability, and Distribution

This page includes a description of The IP.com Journal providing details on what is printed, the various formats, when the Journal is published, and how you can gain access to publications.

Once a Print-only publication is submitted, the full disclosure will be printed in The IP.com Journal with no authorship information and will not be searchable online in PAD, nor will the disclosure appear on the optical media. Your document will not be seen online by patent offices and cannot be downloaded by anyone. The full disclosure will be published in the next journal release and cannot be withdrawn.

Note:  Attachments are not printed in The IP.com Journal.

The IP.com Journal – Contents, Availability, and Distribution

Journal ContentsThe IP.com Journal is available in two formats: the printed digest and optical media. The printed digest consists of bibliographic data and abstract of the disclosures published during the previous month sourced from the Prior Art Database. The optical media contains an electronic version of the printed journal. When publishing immediately to the online PAD, you may optionally choose to have your full disclosure printed in the Journal by selecting page print and using Page Print Vouchers.

The IP.com Journal also contains a printed listing of all certification records for every document that has been certified by IP.com during the prior month. The certification records contain a date stamp and fingerprint for each certified file.

Publishing TimeframeThe IP.com Journal is published semi-monthly. It contains digitally notarized disclosures submitted and made available since the last publication. Note that occasionally some disclosures may be included in this Journal which were published elsewhere at an earlier date. The closing date for each journal is the 15th and the last day of each month. Depending on the volume of disclosures, the journal may be split into multiple sections.

It is important to note that publish dates and times are calculated in Universal Time (UTC); therefore, the 15th or last day of the month may differ by as much as 12 hours from your local time.

Volume 1, Number 1 of the Journal is an exception to the above rule. Since it was the first printed edition of the Journal, it includes all disclosures notarized prior to (and including) December 31, 2000.

Access and Distribution – You can access publications from the Prior Art Database or other databases populated with a periodic data feed from IP.com. The physical copies of The IP.com Journal are distributed to various international locations including the United States Library of Congress. To subscribe to The IP.com Journal or request access to the data, please reach out to our Sales Team.

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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