Defensive Publishing/Prior Art Database

Protect your innovation by publishing to our Prior Art Database. Dramatically increase the odds that your prior art will be found and cited by patent examiners.

Why Defensively Publish?

Defensive publishing is the intentional and purposeful publication of innovation into the public domain. It is a cost-effective IP strategy consisting of disclosing aspects of your invention, so it becomes prior art.

Early publication in a patent office can take 14 weeks to process which can impact when it applies as prior art with respect to foreign countries putting at risk your global freedom to operate. Publishing to our Prior Art Database takes minutes.

Find what you’re looking for using IP.com’s prior art search platform, accessible worldwide.

Our Prior Art Database is the first and largest online prior art disclosure service. Search the largest aggregator of prior art, where you’re more likely to find what you’re looking for with a single search.

Our database is searchable by examiners, inventors, attorneys, research and development teams, and university personnel worldwide. It also provides technical disclosures to patent offices around the globe. When you publish in IP.com’s Prior Art Database, a publicly disclosed description of an invention becomes available as prior art on its publication date.

Editing Services

Publish your best document. IP.com’s copy editing services provide structural, mechanical, and defensive publication-focused reviews of your disclosures. Lifting the burden off your inventors, our team produces clear, concise, and discoverable descriptions of their innovations.

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Get a Publishing Voucher

You’ll need a publishing voucher for each disclosure you
submit to our Prior Art Database. The voucher fee includes:
  • Online publishing of your document in the IP.com Journal
  • Paper printing of bibliographic information and abstract in
    the IP.com Journal
  • Electronic reproduction of your disclosure in the optical disc
    included with the IP.com Journal*
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*If you want to print your disclosure in full in the IP.com Journal, you’ll also need to create an account, log in and purchase a one-page print voucher for each printable page of your primary disclosure file.