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Finding Patents: Research


Understanding patents

"A patent for an invention is the grant of a property right to the inventor, issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Generally, the term of a new patent is 20 years from the date on which the application for the patent was filed in the United States or, in special cases, from the date an earlier related application was filed, subject to the payment of maintenance fees." There are three types: utility, design, and plant. Read more on the US PTO website

Patents: An Introduction video from MIT Tech TV

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Places to search:

Need more help? Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is a Patent and Trademark Resource Center, which means they have special searching expertise and access to the databases PubWEST and PubEAST. Find more info or make an appointment here.


Selected books from the catalog


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