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LIB 3010: Patent Searching (Comfort): Presentations - 9/28

Description of Assignment

LIB 3010 Presentation Assignment

Due September 28, 2017

15 points total


There are a number of patent databases that are freely available on the interwebs. We will spend a lot of time using databases from the USPTO and Google. But we won’t have time to try all of the others. Instead, I have asked each of you to evaluate a different database. The assignment of your database was random, so if you would like to switch with another student it is fine with me. As long as you can find another student who is willing to switch.

The Assignment:

Prepare a short presentation on how to search the database you have been assigned.  There must be some sort of a “deliverable.”  This can take the form of a shared google doc, a Word document, a Prezi, a PowerPoint, a poster, or a short video.  Whatever format it takes, it must be accessible by me, using a Dell pc.  This will also count as your “Critical Thinking Artifact,” a requirement for this CT2 course.  Feel free to incorporate any training materials – including videos – that are available.  If you have handouts, make sure there are enough for all of us (me plus 5 students). The goal here is to evaluate the resource and communicate the features/benefits without reinventing the wheel. 

You will be evaluated on how well you cover these topics (10 points):

  • How to access the database – who is the organization behind it? Are they reputable? Do you have to create an account to use the database? Any features not free?
  • How to do a simple search – can you link to full patent? Can you download?
  • How to do an advanced search and/or advanced features – can you search patents and applications at the same time? Can you export records into excel?
  • Are there features of the database that are unique or better than other databases we have used?
  • Would you recommend using this database as part of a patent search, why or why not?

You will also be evaluated on how well you present the information (5 points):

  • Was your choice of media/presentation software appropriate to feature the database?
  • Did you speak clearly and distinctly?
  • Were you able to answer any questions from the group?
  • If you provided a handout, is it easy to read and free of spelling/grammar/content errors? 

This is a total of 15 points.  A complete rubric with details will be provided well before the due date.

Timing: Your presentation should be between 5-7 minutes long, but absolutely no longer than 7 minutes.  You will be prompted at 5 minutes, and when you reach 7 minutes, a buzzer will sound, and you  and you must stop – even if you are in the middle of a sentence.

Audience: Your audience is your classmates, and me.  Since we will know a bit about patents and patent searching, you won’t have to go into great depth on background information.  Focus on the database, its primary features and benefits, how to use it, and how it might fit into an overall patent searching strategy.

DOE Patents

Free Patents Online (FPO)


Patent Lens