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Why look for patents?
A patent is an exclusive right granted for an invention, which is a product or a process that provides a new way of doing something, or offers a new technical solution to a problem.
Patents are a broad source of technical information and encourage innovation. Many companies do not disclose their products in any other form.
To learn more, check out the patent tutorials and the various websites that are recommended resources for searching U.S. and International patents.
Patents: Introductory materials
- Tutorial: Patents and patentabilityIn this tutorial you will learn about the different types of patents, how patents relate to inventions, what makes an idea patentable, and the parts of a patent.
- Tutorial: Patent searchingThis tutorial explains the benefits of using patents in your research and how to search using Google Patents in conjunction with the USPTO Patent Database.
Patents: Search tools
- Derwent Innovations Index (Web of Science)Merges patent information from Derwent World Patents Index with the patent citation information from Derwent Patent Citation Index. Users can conduct patent and citation searches of inventions in chemical, electrical, electronic, and mechanical engineering.
- United State Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is the federal agency for granting U.S. patents and registering trademarks.
- The LensAn open global cyber infrastructure to make the innovation system more efficient and fair, more transparent and inclusive. It serves many of the patent documents in the world as open, annotatable digital public goods that are integrated with scholarly and technical literature along with regulatory and business data.
- Canadian Patents Database (CIPO)CIPO's Canadian Patent Database allows you access 150 years of patent descriptions and images.
- Espacenet: European Patent Office SearchSearches through patent documents filed with the European Patent Office, along with 81 other jurisdictions.
- WIPo PatentscopeSearches through international patent applications along with patent documents from a large number of national patent offices.
- Google Patent SearchAllows for full-text searching of patent grants and applications from the United States and several other major jurisdictions.
Last Updated: Mar 2, 2023 2:12 PM