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Patent and Technology Information

Patent information is all the data contained in patent applications and granted patents. It may include bibliographic data about the inventor, a description of the claimed invention, newest developments in a particular field of technology, or a list of claims indicating the scope of patent protection sought by the applicant. Being able to search through and use this information is vital to researchers, inventors and entrepreneurs alike.

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Why use patent information?

Patent information contains vast amount of data that can help you to:

  • avoid duplication of research and development work
  • build on and improve existing products or processes
  • assess the latest developments in a particular field of technology
  • evaluate the patentability of inventions, in particular their novelty and inventiveness, before applying for patent protection
  • avoid infringement
  • seek opportunities for licensing
  • monitor activities of potential partners and competitors both within the country and abroad and
  • identify market niches or discover new trends in technology or product development at an early stage.

Patent information tools

Start here to retrieve, sort and analyze patent information relevant to your area of interest.


The PATENTSCOPE database provides access to international Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) applications in full text format on the day of publication, as well as to patent documents of participating national and regional patent offices.

Using PATENTSCOPE, you can search through more than 43 million patent documents by entering keywords, names of applicants, international patent classification and many other search criteria in multiple languages.


WIPO INSPIRE is a global knowledge center for innovation, helping innovators and entrepreneurs make informed decisions throughout the innovation cycle. It provides information on patent search, patent analytics, technology transfer, and institutional IP policies, combining reference data with expert insights into resources, tools, and good practice recommendations.

IPC — Streamlining searches

The International Patent Classification (IPC) is used to classify patents and utility models according to the different areas of technology to which they relate. A new version of the IPC enters into force each year on January 1.

WIPO Pearl – WIPO’s Multilingual Terminology Portal

WIPO Pearl gives access to scientific and technical terms derived from patent documents. It helps promote accurate and consistent use of terms across different languages, and makes it easier to search and share scientific and technical knowledge.

Patent Analytics

Patent analytics uses patent data to uncover innovation insights and patterns in a particular area or technology field. Want to learn how to analyze patent information? Explore our patent analytics resources.

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Patent information support

Do you represent an institution in a developing or a least-developed country? WIPO can support you in accessing patent information and using sophisticated tools to analyze it.

Access to Research for Development and Innovation (ARDI)

The Access to Research for Development and Innovation (ARDI) program, coordinated by WIPO together with its partners in the publishing industry, provides free online access to major scientific and technical journals to local, not-for-profit institutions in least-developed countries and low-cost access to industrial property offices in developing countries across the world.

Access to Specialized Patent Information (ASPI)

The Access to Specialized Patent Information (ASPI) program is a public-private partnership administered by WIPO and made possible through cooperation with leading patent information providers. Through the ASPI program, eligible patent offices and academic and research institutions in developing countries can receive free or low-cost access to sophisticated tools and services for retrieving and analyzing patent data.