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James A. Gibson Library
Patents are forms of intellectual property granted to an inventor or assignee in exchange for public disclosure of information. A patent provides inventors legal rights and allows for the exclusive manufacture of a product or use of an idea for a specified number of years. Contact the Library if you require more information about patents, have trouble finding patents or require further assistance.
Google Patent Search
Patents submitted to the United Stats (USPTO, 1790+) and European patent offices (EPO, to 1978) in PDF format to include a Prior Art Finder to find patent applications and grants.
Canadian Patent Database
Patents submitted to the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) since 1869 searchable by bibliographic record and abstract when available and International Patent Classification (IPC) system.
Canadian Trade-marks Database
This database is comprised of all active and many inactive trade-marks that were either applied for, or registered pursuant to the current Trade-marks Act or former trade-mark legislation.
The European Patent Office (EPO)provides free access to international patents since 1836 including Canadian, European, American, Asian and country-based patents. Search by smart, advanced or classification search engines including the Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) or International Patent Classification (IPC) systems. The patent translator covers translations between English and fourteen other languages, namely Chinese, Danish, Dutch, German, Finnish, French, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish. More languages will be added in the coming years.
Intellectual Property Digital Library
Provides access to intellectual property data collections hosted by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Databases
The Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
International and national patent collections.
Patent Lens (Cambia)
A worldwide, open-access, free full-text patent informatics resource including bioinformatics and biologicals.
CAS patent coverage from varying publication years covers international patent offices worldwide in chemistry and related disciplines based on IPC and USPTO codes. Access to the SciFinder database requires a username and password that is different from your Brock portal account information. Users must first register for an account.
Patent Searching Tools
Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC)
Replaces WIPO IPC, EPO ECLA, and USPTO USPC classification schemes.
International Patent Classifications
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
U.S. Patent Class Definitions
United States Patent and Trademark Office.
U.S. Patent Classification Index
Index to the US Manual of Classifications for patents.