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How to find...: Patents

Patent applications

The patent application process is quite involved and can often take several years. Find out more:

Australian patents

IP Australia provides information on all areas of intellectual property, and will allow you to search databases containing patents, trademarks, designs and plant breeder rights.

Intellectual Property Commercialisation at Curtin

For advice on IP issues and rights, guidance in obtaining protection and liaison with Patent Attorneys, assistance with the commercialisation decision-making process and other concerns see:

What is a patent?

A patent is a legal document, which is often the first (or only) publication of information on a new area of research. It is a government-granted right to exclude others from exploiting your invention, for a specific time period. It must disclose, in some detail, the nature of the invention. Details disclosed by an existing patent may save you from undertaking unnecessary research.

Aardman Wallace and Gromit Cracking Ideas exhibit at the Glasgow Science Centre by Jordanhill School D&T Dept

Intellectual Property Law

Search HeinOnline Intellectual Property Law Collection for legislative histories, treatises, documents, classics and more on copyrights, patents, and trademarks in America.

United States of America Patents

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) allows free searching for USA granted patents. It contains the full text and drawings of USA patents since 1976. 

USA patent applications for which the applicant has given permission may be searched in a separate Patents Applications database.

European and world patents