Skip to main content

FAMU/FSU College of Engineering

a guide for engineering students and faculty to find relevant library materials and other types of information to conduct their research.

Searching for Patents

Useful resources for finding patents in the U.S. as well as internationally.

United States Patent and Trademark Office Database: Full text for all classes of patents issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Includes graphics and indexing of all US patents from 1976-date.

Google Patent Search: Google's patent search engine is a simple way to search and view patents issued in the U.S. from 1790 to the present.

The Lens - new patent search resource: This new patent search website allows one to search the world patent literature. It is similar to Google Patents, but with some intriguing improvements, including the ability to search patented gene sequences. By creating a free account, the user can create collections of patent search results, and add notes for future reference to specific patents.

Espacenet: Patent information service from the European Patent Office. Provides searching of worldwide patents.

Acknowledgement: This list was adapted from the University of Michigan's Engineering Libguide which was created by Edward Eckel

What is a Patent?

A patent for an invention is the grant of a property right to the inventor. 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. There are three types of patents: (1) Utility, covering function; (2) Design, covering ornamental design; and (3) Plant, for a new variety of plant.

Image result for patent

The Florida State University Libraries
Library Hours | Maps and Directions | Employment | Giving to the Libraries | The FSULib Blog | Library Homepage

© 2016 Florida State University Libraries | 116 Honors Way | Tallahassee, FL 32306 | (850) 644-2706