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What is the best entity to use with BibTeX in order to reference a patent or patent application?

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Which BibTeX style do you use? –  Joseph Wright Oct 28 '12 at 10:01
    
I'm using abbrv –  yegor256 Oct 28 '12 at 10:14
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This looks good (but in German): ftp.tex.ac.uk/tex-archive/biblio/bibtex/contrib/german/din1505/… They use MISC. The field type can be used to name it as patent. –  Manuel Kuehner Oct 28 '12 at 13:08

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The 'traditional' BibTeX styles do not include an entry type for patents. As such, any entry of the form

@patent{...

will be treated as a misc entry. The formatting that results, may well not be what you want, so I would recommend doing things 'by hand' using the misc type and howpublished field.

[Some styles do recognise patents. The exact details of the fields supported vary a bit, so it's best to consult the appropriate documentation.)

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