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BioE 4010: Senior Design (Desjardins): Patents

Search Strategy

I'm a reluctant fan of Google Patents for doing a good PRELIMINARY patent search, and  it is an EXCELLENT entree to the official USPTO site and Espacenet to even more great searches.

Pharmaceutical Patents

USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office)

Other Free Patent Databases

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.

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.