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Patents are one of the most important primary source materials for engineers. Approximately 70 to 90 percent of technical information can only be found in patents and they can effectively demonstrate how previous generations of engineers have tackled specific design problems. Recently filed patents can provide insight on emerging technologies and industry trends that may not be discernible from other sources. In addition to resources on how to access and evaluate patents, the library also provides many print and ebook titles on patent and intellectual property law.
The patent database hosted by the European Patent Office, this site also features links to several training videos, tutorials, and recorded online seminars.
Easy and familiar search of patents and patent applications.
Lens Patent Search
A database of patents from over 100 countries and jurisdictions from around the world with a variety of search options to help you narrow your findings.
Access to millions of patents and patent applications, hosted by the World Intellectual Property Organization.
Patent Public Search
Search application hosted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office that was launched in 2021. In-depth reference guides and FAQs can assist you in optimizing your search.
Thomas Edison's Patents
Part of the Thomas A. Edison Papers at Rutgers. Access to over a thousand patents for many groundbreaking inventions including the motion picture camera, the phonograph, and the alternating-current generator.
Canadian Patent Database
This site, hosted by the Canadian Intellectual Property Office, provides several search options for finding patents and registered designs.
Japan Platform for Patent Information
Search patents, designs, and trademarks filed in Japan. While users may select English as a language option, please note that idiosyncrasies in translation should be considered.
Print Resources and eBooks
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