Micropatent is a subsidiary of the Thomson Corporation (now Thomson Reuters). It is a commercial source for online patent and trademark information. The service offers a searchable collection of full text patent data, including patent documents from France, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, the European Patent Office and the World Intellectual Property Organization.[1]

In 2004, hacker Myron Tereshchuk attempted to extort $17 million from Micropatent by threatening to release confidential information and launch a DDOS attack. Tereschuk was arrested by the FBI in a raid which uncovered "components for hand grenades, the formula and items necessary for making Ricin, and literature about poisons" in his possession.[2][3]


  1. ^ "Patsearch Fulltext Database Coverage". micropat.com. Archived from the original on 2005-02-04. Retrieved 2014-01-29. 
  2. ^ US Dept. Of Justice Press Release Archived 2013-04-15 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ FBI WMD case listing

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