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BioE 4010 / 4030: Senior Design (Desjardins, Richardson): Patents

Search Strategy

I'm not a fan of Google Patents for doing a thorough patent search, but  it is an EXCELLENT entree to the official USPTO site and Espacenet to do great searches.

Pharmaceutical Patents

Comparisons of Free Patent Databases

  • Librarian blogger Michael White compares the quality of 5 free online patent search engines.
  • MIT Library compares 4 free patent databases by several features/criteria.

Other Free Patent Databases

USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office)

ESP@CENET

Patent Information in Article Databases

Doing a complete preliminary patent search involves lots of steps, and requires searching patent databases.  However, a few article databases also include information and links to patents.