We are not done with the searching of patents!

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Upon the break to comment on the draft of a new Spanish Patent Law, we continue our review of the searching tools, in this article the platform ProQuest Dialog. ProQuest Dialog was launched in August 2010 and is the continuation of the 40-year old “Dialog”. PRO stands for Predictable Research Online.

The amount of documents we can search and find with ProQuest Dialog is hard to imagine. To get a very rough idea we can click on “ProQuest Dialog ProSheets” in the left menu of the link: http://www.dialog.com/proquestdialog/ and we find in alphabetical order more than 150 databases!! of the most diverse content. A number of these databases may not be very known, but they do not lack interest. It depends on our searching topic. As an example we are randomly listing a few of them to give an idea of the diversity thereof:

– Biochemistry Abstracts
– Computer and Information Systems Abstracts
– Earthquake Engineering Abstracts
– Human Genome Abstracts
– Pollution Abstracts
– Transport Research International Documentation (TRID)
– TULSA (Petroleum Abstracts)
– UBM Computer Full Text
– Virology & Aids Abstracts
– Water Resources Abstracts
– Zoological Record Plus

For some of them you cannot even guess from their name what their content is about, see a few examples below:

ADIS Reaction Database: has a coverage that includes more than 2000 medical and biomedical journals, and in particular related to adverse drug reactions.

AQUALINE: this is a database with a coverage of more than 6000 serials related to health and safety sciences, oceanic abstracts, and devoted to topics like agricultural biotechnology. It is monthly updated and the coverage started in 1960.

EMBASE (Excerpta Medica dataBASE) it is a database produced by Elsevier and contains over 25 million records from 1947 to the present, related to adverse effects of drugs, anatomy, pathology and other medical matters.

ICONDA: – International Construction Database: it is published by Fraunhofer Information Center for Regional Planning and Building Construction (IRB), and has a coverage from 1976 to present. It covers worldwide technical literature on all fields of building construction, civil and construction engineering, and architecture and town planning. ICONDA contains references taken from sources in more than 20 different countries. It includes periodicals, books, research reports, conference proceedings, business reports, theses, and non-conventional literature that is normally outside the public domain.

And ProQuest Dialog also offers patent literature, which includes databases like:

– Derwent World Patents Index
– Global Patents / LNU (Fulltext and Bibliographic)
– IFI CLAIMS US Patents and Legal Status
– IMS Patent Focus
– INPADOC/Family and Legal Status
– Japan Patents Fulltext
– JAPIO – Patent Abstracts of Japan
– LitAlert
– United States Patents Fulltext

We are more or less familiar with Derwent World Patent Index and INPADOC. No need to further explanation on these two, but what about Global Patents, or LITalert, for example?. Let’s see what we are talking about!:

Only the amount of documents included in Global Patents is absolutely incredible!. We remind you that Derwent World Patent Index includes patents from Soviet Union starting in 1963. ProQuest Dialog through Global Patents offers information from Soviet Union patents since 1900!, or full text patents from Spain since 1827!. This could even go beyond the database of the Spanish Patent Office itself.

The best way to start a self-training course on ProQuest Dialog is to contact:


You can see at a glance where you have to click on (pricing, database content, training etc) in order to get the information you need and how to classify and use it. There is a specific link called “How do I?” that leads you to a complete guide about how to carry out a search using ProQuest Dialog with all the imaginable details and screen layouts absolutely helpful and clear. Of course, we cannot expect to learn everything in thirty minutes. We shall rather need a couple of hours!.

With regard to pricing there are three options depending on the intended frequency of use: a first option with a pay-as-you-go-basis (Standard Transactional Plan) a second option for a “up to a certain number of searches” per year (Commitment Plan), and the last one which does not have frequency or access limit (it is your choice) and is annually paid (Choice and Site License Plans). Through the web site you cannot see any approximate figure for any of them. Therefore we cannot inform you on every “tiny” detail and this is our contribution for now. Have a nice week and nice search time!

Seni Cueto