Patent information is often included in other drug information databases. The Merck Index has long included a patent listing for most of the compounds it covers. Patent references are provided in drug pipeline resources such as PharmaProjects, IDdb3, IMS LifeCycle and IMS Patent Focus. The scope of the information varies from the merely anecdotal to the nearly complete. Although these may be excellent places to start a pharmaceutical patent search, please bear in mind that patent data is not always comprehensive in these types of databases. More detailed information about pipeline databases can be found in the chapter on "Competitive Intelligence.''
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