IPSWICH, Mass. — December 3, 2013 — U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), an agency of the Department of Commerce, is the latest content source to be added to EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) from EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO). Patent attorneys, patent agents and others involved in intellectual property management will benefit from the addition of USPTO's Patent Application Full Text and Patent Full Text to EDS.
USPTO houses full text for patents issued from 1976 to the present and PDF images for all patents from 1790 to the present. The content from USPTO includes metadata from their patent databases. Patent Application Full Text includes full-text and image versions of patent applications from March 2001 to the present. Patent Full Text includes information about patents that have already been filed or granted.
A patent grant document contains a patent number, title, inventor name, assignee, application number, filing date, prior publication date, foreign application priority data (if applicable), classification information, references cited, examiner and attorney information, abstract, specification, claims, and drawings.
With the continued demand for patents by American inventors and entrepreneurs, the inclusion of the metadata to EDS will benefit many professionals. Earlier this year, EBSCO also released a new resource designed to assist those involved with the patent approval process, Non-Patent Prior Art Source , providing a fast, single point of access to the largest non-patent literature repository available for those conducting prior art searches.
EBSCO Discovery Service creates a unified, customized index of an institution's information resources, and an easy, yet powerful means of accessing all of that content from a single search box—searching made even more powerful because of the quality of metadata and depth and breadth of coverage.
EBSCO Discovery Service is quickly becoming the discovery selection for many libraries (www.ebscohost.com/discovery/eds-news), and an obvious partner for content providers. Because the service builds on the foundation provided by the EBSCOhost platform, libraries gain a full user experience for discovering their collections/OPAC—which is not typical in the discovery space. Further still, in the many universities and other libraries where EBSCOhost is the most-used platform for premium research, users are not asked to change their pathways or habits for searching. There's simply more to discover on the familiar EBSCOhost platform, and the same can be said for library administrators who can leverage their previous work with EBSCOadmin.