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Intellectual Property: Patents
Information on different types of patents, patenting an idea or invention, licensing a patent, and more. Provided by FindLaw.
New York Public Library U.S. Patents Guide
Contains a description of their patent collections and searching tools.
Patents Search Guide
A guide developed by MIT libraries providing general information on patents, and where and how to search for them.
U.S. Patent & Trademark Office Patent Database
Full text and images are available from 1976 to date. Searches are limited to patent numbers and/or classification codes for pre-1976 patents.
Derwent Innovations Index (Web of Science)
Value-added patent information from Derwent World Patent Index® as well as patent citation information from Patents Citation Index.
Department Of Energy Patent Database
Search, retrieve, and browse records of patents and patent applications owned by DOE or its contractors or assignees.
DNA Patent Database
A collection of DNA-based patents and patent applications issued by the United State Patent and Trademark Office. Full-text versions of patents available.
Provides fast, free patent searching, with features such as PDF downloading, search management functions, collaborative document folders, and more.
Google Patent Search
Search over seven million patents.
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Provides information about U.S. patents and trademarks.
Canadian Intellectual Property Office
Patents, trademarks, copyright, and current regulations for Canadian intellectual property.
European Patent Office
Has a searchable database of over 30 million patent documents. Covers patent and trademark law.
Japan Patent Office
Contains notices, publications, and an Industrial Property Digital Library
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
An organization that supports and promotes the protection of international intellectual property
Ask the Inventors!™
Includes answers to the most popular invention questions, a list of resources to help new inventors get started, and advice on how to bring your invention to market.
A comprehensive Internet resource on technology law, containing over 1,800 pages on patent, copyright, trademark, and Internet legal issues. Provided by the law firm of Beck & Tysver.
Intellectual Property Law and Technology
Articles, Reports and Other Information on Intellectual Property from BRINT Institute.
Addresses the independent inventor's and aspiring entrepreneur's most frequently asked questions regarding US patents. Created by the Lemelson-MIT Program.
Sign up for free email updates about inventions recently patented in the United States.
Patent Information Users Group
A not-for-profit organization for individuals interested in patents. You can join an email discussion list for questions relating to patent information.