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A patent can be used as a source of information to learn about a product or process or to track trends and changes in technology. There are many different ways to search for patents, including (but not limited to) keyword, author, company/institution, patent number, or classification code.
If you would like more information or assistance on searching for patents, contact the Engineering Library.
- Patent Lens
Search data from the World Intellectual Property Organization, European Patent Office, U.S. Patent Office, and the Australian Patent Office.
- World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
Search international patent applications.
Search U.S. and foreign patents, published patent applications, product literature, and other non-patent literature. Must create a free account in order to view images.
- Canadian Intellectual Property Office
Bibliographic databases (titles, names, dates, and classifications) available from 1869–present, images from 1920–present, and text databases from 1978–present.
- Japan Patent Office
Search Japanese patents and utility models, design applications, and trademarks.