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Patent Searching, Advanced

Librarian for Patents & Trademarks

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Jennifer Groff
Cooper Library, Room 302
(864) 656-4782

Videos on Patent Basics and Patent Searching

The two videos on this page are long, but they contain information about patents and the patenting process as well as how to search for patents.  The patent searching video was made for a bioengineering design class, but the patent searching strategies presented should be helpful in any subject area.  Because inventions can be publicly disclosed in non-patent literature (journals, books, conference proceedings) as well as patents, consider broadening your prior art searches to these materials as well.  Please email me at or schedule an appointment with me (see box at bottom left) for individualized assistance. I'm working on some shorter tutorials that will be posted at a later date. 

Patent Basics

Patent Searching