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Patent Searching Workshop - UC Libraries

An introduction to patent literature and patent searching.


  • Patents provide legal protection to inventors and companies for up to 20 years provided by the government.
  • Patent literature is often the most current scientific or application-based literature.  10%-80% of information disclosed in patents is unique.

Disclaimer: This workshop is not intended to provide legal advice.  Please consult a lawyer regarding questions regarding your own inventions, including filing for a patent and determining if an invention is patentable.



Basic Patent Searching

The Four Most Common Patent Search Engines: 

Library Guide on Patents

First page of sample patent

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