Novelty/Prior art Search:

Prior art / Novelty search service is an important activity for any research library. It helps its researchers generate ideas for R&D, avoid duplication of research, reduce R&D investment significantly, plan for new technology/products, etc. ICAST has subscribed to leading patent databases ‘Patsnap’ and ‘QuestelOrbit’ to enable its researchers to carry out patent analytics, landscaping, and insights report along with aggregated free patent databases.

Subscribed Patent Databases


Patsnap is the leading patent database subscribed by CSIR-NAL, access is extended based on User ID / Password. The platform brings together over 250 million innovation and IP data points and allows users to carry out prior art searches, generate analytical reports, interactive citation trackers, patent landscaping, derive insights on your competitors, potential licensees, and so on. To get login credentials, send an Email to  


Questel is a popular novelty search platform to search patents and generate analytics reports. Access to the Questel is provided through NKRC (CSIR) E-resource consortium. For login credentials, you are requested to contact 25086083 or send an Email to

Free Patent Databases


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


The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is the federal agency for granting U.S. patents and registering trademarks. The customized search interface enables users to search US patents filed after 1976. The database also included US patents filed from 1790 to 1976 with limited search options (patent numbers and/or classification codes)