Life Sciences Prior Art Search CLE

We had a great turn out for our first Best Practices in Prior Art Searching – Life Sciences. We tried to go through the 120 slides but hard to do so in an hour. Two questions in particular came up twice. If you want to sign up for our next one, we will be updating our schedule.

“Please shed more like on searching for developmental drugs”

– Experimental pipeline drugs will not be found in the FDA OrangeBook ( If we can find the internal/developmental codename, we can use that to search in PubMed, CAplus, and in patents, as sometimes, the internal name is used. Also, DrugBank ( is an example), on the upper right hand is a pull down menu that allows an API structure to be searched within approved, withdrawn, and experimental compound databases.

“You quickly mentioned in the nutraceutical section about searching Asian entities for nutraceuticals. What are good databases to use?”

-Yes, I have found in my searching experience that Asian countries are very good for plant extract searching as homeopathic/natural remedies (and therefore patent activity). One note is that doing searching in these areas may uncover different local or colloquial terms for the plant or extract, which may then be put into the search string to broaden the search. Most search engines will look at the translated abstract, so in general, databases that provide good Asian coverage (Qpat, PatBase) should come up with very good results. The rise of organic foods, supplements and vitamins in the US has led to a plethora of website, (; which carry these type of products and can be searched. As shown in the webinar, the USPC is very well organized so that patents relating to a specific plant can easily be found by the scientific name, in its particular subclass, which in most cases can be manually searched.G4EHJZ8BKG24