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U.S. Patents Citation Database Now on the Web

Magazine article Information Today

U.S. Patents Citation Database Now on the Web

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Community of Science, Inc., a leading World Wide Web electronic publishing company based in Bethesda, Maryland, has introduced a fully searchable version of the U.S. Patents Citation Database on the World Wide Web. The U.S. Patents Citation Database on the Community of Science is a joint venture of Community of Science and CHI Research, Inc., an internationally recognized research consultancy specializing in the development and analysis of science and technology indicators.

This fully searchable U.S. Patents Citation Database contains all of the approximately 1.7 million U.S. patents issued since 1975 and, according to the company, is the most comprehensive source of patent information available on the Internet.

The database is updated weekly and permits subscribers to search all of the important "front page" information about each patent: number, dates, assignee, inventor, title, abstract, exemplary claims for recent years, and U.S. and international classifications. In addition, the database tracks the "lineage" of each patent-how each patent cites previous patents or is cited by subsequent ones.

Citation analysis is a key enhancement of the patent database and makes it significantly more powerful than other databases of its kind. …

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