Answered By: Poping Lin
Last Updated: Oct 07, 2016     Views: 613

Patent Q/A1: databases and tutorial
Where and how can I do a patent search?


You may begin with any of the following:

  • Lexis/Nexis Academic -include US, European and Japanese patents
    • Select Search by subject or Topic
    • Select Patent Search
  • Web of Science – Derwent Innovations Index (DII) – International patents in chemical, electrical, electronic, and mechanical engineering (DII Guide)
  • Cortellis – International patents in pharmaceuticals including information on outlicensing events.

Patent databases with free access

  • USPTO - Patent database by US Patent and Trademark Office
  • Espacenet - Patent database by European Patent Office (EPO). It includes worldwide patents.
  • Patentscope - Patent database by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

Patent search tutorial:

  • "How to search for patents?" - This short video well explains patent classification systems and demonstrates how to conduct a patent search step-by-step using the free global patent database, Espacenet. Video written and created by Karli Mair in collaboration with Patent Librarian Hal Mendelson, UCF Libraries.

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