Derwent Innovations Index
One of the most comprehensive databases of patent information. Covers millions of basic inventions and patents worldwide from 1963 in three sections: chemical, electronic and electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering.
A joint initiative of Cambia (an independent non-profit institute) and Queensland University of Technology. Hosts over 100 million patent records from 95+ jurisdictions.
Top 300 Organizations Granted U.S. Patents
Annual list compiled by the Intellectual Property Owners Association.
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
WIPO cooperates with intellectual property (IP) offices worldwide all over the world to provide current IP statistics.
USPTO Full-text & Image Database
Searchable database of patents, powered by the US Patent & Trade Office. (Searches are limited to patent numbers and/or classification codes for pre-1976 patents.)
"There are hundreds of thousands of patented products on the market, most of which are known by a brand name or trademark. However, product names usually are not found in patent documents, because companies tend to file patent applications long before considering product names and trademarks. Patent rules also discourage the use of product names in patent applications."
Credit: Thanks go to Michael White at Queens University Library for this great info!
Nolo's Patents for Beginners
A primer on patent law that explains how to: document your invention, acquire patent rights, 'read' a patent application, understand how and why to make a patent search, determine patent ownership, find patent information, understand international patent law, and decide whether to file a provisional patent. Copyright 2018.
Nolo's Patent Searching Made Easy
Learn how to verify the patent status of an idea, search Patent and Trademark Depository Libraries, and use online patent search services. Learn how to assign your idea to the right class, compare it to related ideas, and then determine if it's novel enough to qualify for a patent. Copyright 2017.
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