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IP.com accepts submitted technical disclosures from companies as well as individuals and maintains these submissions within the Prior Art Database. In addition to these submitted documents, IP.com has loaded several backfiles from various technology companies and organizations into their Prior Art Database. The table below outlines the various files in the database and the dates covered by each.
|Database Name||Dates Covered|
|IBM Technical Disclosure Bulletin||1958 - Present|
|Internet Society Request for Comments (RFCs)||1968 - Present|
|Lenovo||2005 - Present|
|Microsoft||2006 - Present|
|Motorola||1980 - Present|
|National Institute of Standards and Technology||1994 – Present|
|Siemens Disclosure Journal||1998 - Present|
|Software Patent Institute (SPI)||1995 - Present|
|Sony||2000 – Present|
|U.S. Statutory Invention Registrations||1985 – Present|
|Xerox Disclosure Journal||1976 - Present|
When accessed through the IP.com Intellectual Property Library, the Prior Art Database can be searched alongside patent collections. As of June 2010 these included US patent collections, and English-language bibliographic collections for Chinese (CN) patents, applications, utility models, and designs.
As of June 2010, a collection of technical disclosures from the Nokia Corporation has been added to the IP.com Prior Art Database. However, date ranges are not provided for this collection in the help materials.
Note: Many of the records in the IP.com Prior Art Database were created using Optical Character Recognition (OCR). This is important to keep in mind when searching the database because occasionally OCR will misinterpret a character, resulting in errors in the digitized text. IP.com recommends utilizing the "Fuzzy Search" feature to help alleviate this issue in OCR text. See the Fuzzy Searching section for more information.
- ↑ "Full Text Search Reference." IP.com website. https://priorart.ip.com/support_docs/ipcom_search_reference.pdf. Accessed on February 4, 2009.