What are the Advantages of Patent Documents as a Source of Information?

  • They contain information which is often not divulged in any other form of literature.
  • They have a relatively standardized format including an abstract, bibliographic information, a description of, and in most cases also drawings illustrating the invention and full details on the applicant.
  • They are classified according to technical fields (for more information see "General Information on the International Patent Classification System"; also available in Spanish and French).
  • They provide examples of industrial applicability of an invention.
  • They cover practically every field of technology.