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How to Find: Patents

How to find

Patents

 

 

What is a patent?

 

A patent includes a description of the nature of the invention, and is often the first place that information on a new area of research is made public. As patents must disclose (in some detail) the nature of the invention, details disclosed in an existing patent may save you from undertaking unnecessary research.

 

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Why use patents?

 

A patent includes a description of the nature of the invention, and is often the first place that information on a new area of research is made public. As patents must disclose (in some detail) the nature of the invention, details disclosed in an existing patent may save you from undertaking unnecessary research.

Where can I find patents?

 

In most countries patents are issued by a single authority, and are available on the official website. Some useful search tools for finding patents include:

 

 

Other sources