Further Reading On Patent Searching

Adams SR. "Searching the PCT Patent Files: Another Instance of Faux Full Text.'' Online 2002; 26(2):33-36. A discussion of problems in the content and searchability ofdatabases containing the text of Patent Cooperation Treaty applications (WO documents). It includes the source of scanned text for the various databases and the completeness of coverage in each.

Adams SR. "Design Searching: the Forgotten Corner of Intellectual Property.'' Online 2001; 54-58. Information on searching for registered designs, which are far less accessible than patents and trademarks and are overlooked in the intellectual property literature as well. Designs are less important to the pharmaceutical industry than many others.

Adams SR. "Information Sources on Postgrant Actions to Pharmaceutical Patents.'' World Patent Inf. 2001; 42:467-472. Where to find information about patent term adjustments, supplementary protection certificates, and other modifications to U.S., European, and other pharmaceutical patents.

Barnard JM. "Substructure Searching Methods: Old and New.'' J. Chem. Inf. Comput. Sci. 1993; 33:532-538. An overview of the chemical structure search methods used in modern databases and in databases created before the development of computers powerful enough for topological structure searching.

Berks AH. "Current State of the Art of Markush Topological Search Systems.'' World Patent Inf. 2001; 23(19):5-13. A review of the databases offering topological searching of chemical structures from patents, the indexing, coverage, and searchability of the Markush structures.

Berks AH. "Patent Information in Biotechnology.'' Trends Biotechnol. 1994; 12(9):352-364. A summary of the content, availability, and searchability of information about biotechnology as of 1994.

Simmons ES. "Prior Art Searching in the Preparation of Pharmaceutical Patent Applications.'' Drug Discov Today 1998; 3(2):52-60.

Simmons ES. "Patent Family Databases 10 Years Later.'' Database 1995; 18(3):28-37. A review of the patent family information available in online databases as of 1995, including the country coverage and the family definitions used by the database producers.

Simmons ES. "The Paradox of Patentability Searching.'' J. Chem. Inf. Comput. Sci. 1985; 25(4):379-386. A discussion of the theory and practice of patentability searching in which the paradox is that one must search everywhere possible to demonstrate that there is nothing relevant to be found in the prior art.

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