Our technology specialists routinely conduct chemical structure searches to assess the novelty of chemical compounds. We utilize free database services such as Chemspider as well as paid database services such as STN to conduct the searches. The patent literature as well as non-patent literature documents are thoroughly analyzed for similar compounds.
We conduct name searches (common names, IUPAC names or brand names), number searches (CAS registry numbers), molecular formula based searches and chemical structure based searches. For each compound, we conduct searches in different databases since each database differs in their method of indexing and curation. The results that are generated are scrutinized to produce a comprehensive final result.