The IP.com Prior Art Database Regularly Updated Collection

What makes up this collection?

Our Prior Art Database Updated Regularly collection is a source of unique and rare technical disclosures and other non-patent literature originally published or aggregated by IP.com. This collection consists of several significant subsets:

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The IP.com Journal

Journal Overview

The IP.com Journal is the print and CD counterpart of the Prior Art Database that we have been publishing since 2000. Disclosures published in The IP.com Journal are new documents that have never been published anywhere else in the world. Once published in the journal, these documents cannot be removed or revised. Since our founding, many notable Fortune 500 companies have published their disclosures in our journal. These companies include, but are certainly not limited to:

  • IBM

  • Microsoft

  • Siemens

  • Motorola

  • Lenovo

  • Nokia

Journal Features

The IP.com Journal is published twice per month and contains:

  • All disclosures digitally notarized and made available since the previous publication
  • On occasion disclosures that have been marked to appear in the print journal prior to being made available online
  • A table of contents of included disclosures
  • A printed summary of information for each disclosure, which includes the digital fingerprint for each file comprising the submitted disclosures. Since every computer file has a unique digital fingerprint, this provides a printed record that forever enables proof of the exact content of the original electronic publication
  • An index of keywords
  • One or more CD-ROM disks containing each complete disclosure along with its digital notarization record

For information regarding the distribution of The IP.com Journal, please consult the IP.com Journal Overview guide.

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IBM Redbooks Publications

Access detailed information about IBM products and product lines.

The IBM Redbooks Publications are developed and published by IBM's International Technical Support Organization (the ITSO). A Redbooks publication typically provides in-depth information regarding IBM products or an IBM product line, including covering such topics as product positioning, solutions provided, and installation and/or implementation details (which often include step-by-step "how-to" guides). IBM has graciously provided permission to include the Redbooks Publications in our library in an effort to make sure that this content is searched by patent examiners . Unlike documents published in The IP.com Journal, IBM Redbooks publications can be removed or revised at any time.

Collection Features

  • Coverage from 1992 to present
  • Full indexing of bibliographic data and abstracts provided by IBM
  • Searchable full-text data extracted from the original PDF documents
  • Direct download access to original publications in PDF format
  • Daily updates
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Internet Society Request for Comments

The Internet Society Request for Comments (RFC) collection consists of documents written and published by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), Internet Research Task Force (IRTF ) or the Internet Architecture Board (IAB ). An RFC publication typically provides technical and organizational notes regarding the Internet. Computer networking topics such as procedures, protocols, concepts, and programs are generally the focus of these documents. RFCs are aggregated and included in our library at the request of patent offices. Unlike documents published in The IP.com Journal, RFC publications can be removed or revised at any time.

Collection Features

  • Coverage from 1969 to present
  • Full indexing of bibliographic data and abstracts
  • Searchable full-text data extracted from the original text documents
  • Direct download access to documents in PDF format
  • Daily updates