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Scifinder for Patent searches
SciFinder is a research discovery tool that allows you to explore the Chemical Abstracts Services (CAS) databases. Chemical Abstracts is a the best source of chemical patent information. CA indexes patents from 150 countries in all areas of chemical science.
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Use that username/password to enter the database at the SciFinder Sign In.
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Value-added patent information from Derwent World Patent Index as well as patent citations from Patents Citation Index
1963 - present
European Patent Office
Full text of EP, WO and other patents back to the 1970's (Also contains links to individual European country patent databases)
Using PATENTSCOPE you can search 32.5 million patent documents including 2.2 million published international patent applications (PCT); from the World Intellectual Property Organization.
United States Patent and Trademark Office
Covers all US patents from 1790 onwards. Download or view high-quality images of the actual pages of the patents, including diagrams and structures from 1790 onwards. Patents from 1976 - present are available full text in an HTML text format.