Need patent guidance? Here are two useful eBooks:
|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.
Patent Searching Made Easy
Nolo (Latin for “I don’t choose to") is a publisher of reliable, plain-English legal information that anyone can use.
Materials Science & Engineering
Millions of bibliographic abstracts covering new technologies and engineering research. Features both scholarly journals and grey literature including: patents, conference proceedings, government reports, newswires, etc. to provide the widest awareness and discovery of developments in the field.
A joint initiative of Cambia (an independent non-profit institute) and Queensland University of Technology. An Open Access host for over 100 million patent records from 95+ jurisdictions. Its search system allows for advanced boolean functions, structured search, biological search, and classification search options to find the most relevant and important patent.
Derwent Innovations Index
Covers over 20 million patents worldwide from 1963 in three sections: chemical, electronic and electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering.
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!