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BME2000: Biomedical Engineering in the Clinical Environment

Identify the patent(s) and related information for your device

How to Read a Patent - basic guide developed by a law firm.  Hint: "A" patent is published application, "B" is a granted patent (enforceable).

CEAS Library Guide on Patents: guides.libraries.uc.edu/patents for many more resources.

Discovering the patents that relate to a technology

Some tips for patent and invention information:

Locate a history of the particular device, business news announcements, encyclopedia article, or other sources with the inventor name, company associated with the product.

  • Ex. Wikipedia article on angioplasty cites a seminal patent.  Search by the patent number in Google Patents and Derwent for further related information
  • Ex. search for business articles about the device, trade name or company name in Factiva.  Sort to show the oldest article first to find early articles on the technology.

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