Patent publications are issued and archived by national and regional patent official. They are indexed in official patent databases from which commercial patent databases glean the information. Patent publications issued in the Finnish Patent and Registration Office can be found in the PatInfo database. However, when seeking for patent information, ithe easiest way is often to turn to official free online patent databases:
Front page provides the title, priority and publication number, dates, names of inventors and applicant, patent classes, and abstract.
Description provides a detailed description of the invention, describing prior art and the defects of existing technology, and explaining the features and application possbilities of the invention. References to patent and non-patent literature close to the invention is also discussed.
Claims is the legal core of the patent application publication, listing the inventive features that the patent seeks to claim protection for.
Images a d appendixes A patent publication also includes images and appendixes, e.g. the patent officer's novelty and patentability search report.