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EG 390: Senior Design Project (Ramsey/van der Kroef)

Finding Patents

Patent Basics

  • A patent provides ownership rights to specific inventions.
  • Once a patent is granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office others are excluded from "making, using, offering for sale, selling or importing the invention"¹.
  • In exchange for preventing others from reproducing inventions, patents display detailed product information.
  • United States patents usually last 20 years and are only valid in the United States and its territories.

 

1. United States Patent and Trademark Office. (2014). General information concerning patents. Retrieved from http://www.uspto.gov/patents-getting-started/general-information-concerning-patents#heading-2

Where to find Patents

A patent search can identify specific technological advances and inventions in the area of your topic. Citations provided in patents can lead you to additional sources and other related inventions. For additional information on patents please consult The United States Patent and Trademark Office's informational guide.

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