IP Databases

Free Patent Databases

This site covers more than 9 million patent documents from US, Europe, Australia and WIPO. The site also offers details on over 68 million DNA and protein sequences disclosed in patents. A must-visit for any inventor’s prior art search, IPTeL recommends all researchers to try this database out.


A simple patent search database, freepatentsonline.com offers to chemical researchers a unique way of searching for patent documents. Normalized chemical formulae can be used as search terms during a prior-art search.


Ekaswaa database offers search of all Indian patent documents.


Patent Authorities’ Databases

Patent offices around the world allow free searching of their archives. Here, we list web page links of the patent databases of some of them.

This is the link to the database of the US Patent and Trademark Office.


This is the official database of the European Patent Office.


This link takes you to the WIPO PCT database.


This link will connect you to the searchable databases of the Indian Patent Office.


Paid Databases

There are specialized databases exclusively meant for prior-art searches. These databases however have to be subscribed to, for access. Here, we provide you links to a few of their websites.

Delphion is a patent search tool. It is a basic level tool, meant for users, who do not need detailed analyses of patents.


Derwent World Patents Index (DWPI) is a sit-on tool to be used with Delphion. DWPI offers a unique experience, in terms of user convenience. DWPI offers a simplified summary of each patent document. This often lets the user understand the patent document in lesser time and with lesser effort.