Prior Art Database: Freedom to Operate at a Fraction of the Cost

  • Publish to the most visible prior art database, where a patent examiner is most likely to see your innovation
  • Search the largest aggregator of prior art where you’re more likely to find what you’re looking for with a single search

When to defensively publish as prior art vs. when to obtain a patent

It’s a good idea to patent your core differentiating technologies. But you can save time and money by defensively publishing your non-core, non-commercial operational innovations as prior art.
Simply put: There’s no easier, more cost-effective way to mitigate your IP risks. Compared to obtaining a patent, defensive publishing is easy, cost-effective and, best of all, a certainty.
Obtaining a patent costs a lot of money and is not always a sure thing.
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Publish to’s Prior Art Database

The only database you’ll need to protect and market your innovation

Prevent your competition from obtaining a patent on your invention. By defensively publishing the idea in our Prior Art Database, you place it in the public domain and make it prior art.

Here’s why our Prior Art Database is the only one you’ll need:

More people use our Prior Art Database than any other database available today. This increases the likelihood that patent examiners can search for and find your disclosure in our Prior Art Database. Patent examiners, inventors, attorneys, R&D specialists, engineers and researchers from all over the world search the PAD.
When you publish to our Prior Art Database, your technical disclosure gets in front of the United States Patent and
Trademark Office (USPTO), European Patent Office (EPO), Chinese Patent Office (SIPO) and dozens of international authorities.
To ensure that your disclosure is discoverable and defensible, offers copy editing services. Our experts edit your document to make sure it is clear, anonymous, thorough and well-organized, so it will be easily understood and not misinterpreted. They’ll also scrub your identity from the content, if you choose, preventing your competitors from identifying your trade secrets.

Key Features of’s Prior Art Database


A multilingual source of unique documents

Online and
Print Versions

Available online and in our printed Journal

IBM Technical
Disclosure Bulletins

Exclusive location on the web


Essential source for IP professionals, attorneys, corporate researchers, and universities

Required Reference
for Patent Examiners

Rule 34 of the 11th Session of International Authorities under the Patent Cooperation Treaty

A Wide Variety of
Technical Disclosures

Publications from Fortune 100 and prominent companies

Full Authorship Information

Disclosures from IBM, Motorola, Siemens and more

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 Journal
  • Paper printing of bibliographic information and abstract in
    the Journal
  • Electronic reproduction of your disclosure in the optical disc
    included with the Journal*

*If you want to print your disclosure in full in the 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.

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Search Our Prior Art Database

Save time with a single source for all relevant ideas and inventions

If you start with our PAD, you should never need to look elsewhere. As one of the largest aggregators of prior art,’s Prior Art Database is the only database you’ll need to search. So why waste time conducting numerous searches of incomplete databases?

Our PAD is among the world’s largest and most comprehensive collections

  • Essential source of non-patent literature for IP professionals, attorneys, corporate researchers and development staff, libraries and universities
  • Exclusive location for IBM Technical Disclosure Bulletin (TDB) documents on the web
  • Home to a wide variety of technical disclosures, including many from Fortune 10 companies and anonymous publications from many prominent companies
  • Home to disclosures published with full authorship information from IBM, Motorola, Siemens and many more

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