Welcome to the patents research guide! This guide is intended as an introduction to patents e.g. what are patents, search techniques for patents, and where to search for patent literature.
Oxford Dictionary defines a patent as "a government authority or license conferring a right or title for a set period, especially the sole right to exclude others from making, using, or selling an invention." The Unites States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) adds an additional restriction in that others cannot import the invention. The USPTO delineates between the three different types of patents:
Whether you are trying to find a specific patent, reviewing patent applications for possible ideas, or conducting a exhaustive prior art search, utilize a combination of three different search strategies:
The websites below help to identify the relevant classification codes using the Cooperative Patent Classification:
The library subscribes to Innovation Q Plus to search patents worldwide. You can also use Innovation Q Plus to search non-patent literature. Innovation Q Plus utilizes IP authentification and only allows 10 simultaneous users. To access Innovation Q Plus off-campus, download and connect to VPN.