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Busy intellectual property firms know that the number of new patent applications—and the defense of existing patents—has grown dramatically in the last decade. At the same time, the citation of scientific and technical literature in patent applications has skyrocketed.

The scientific and technical publisher cited most frequently in new patents (three times more than any other publisher) is IEEE.*

IEEE publishes journals, conferences, and standards in electronics, computer hardware and software, semiconductors, aerospace and defense, telecommunications, medical devices, optics and photonics, and all related technologies. Through the IEEE Xplore digital library, legal firms, patent agents, and consultants can easily search more than 3 million documents, including otherwise difficult-to-find conference papers.

IEEE Xplore digital library

The IEEE Xplore digital library delivers:

  • instant access to high-quality, full-text research papers—including all graphics;
  • more than 3 million documents;
  • individual online article purchase via credit card­—with immediate receipt for expense tracking;
  • free keyword searching;
  • unlimited viewing of basic abstracts;
  • a backfile to the late 1800s for select titles;
  • affordable subscription options such as IEEE Enterprise.

  • *Source: "An Analysis of Patent Referencing to IEEE Papers, Conferences, and Standards 1997-2011" May 2012, 1790 Analytics, LLC


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