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University Libraries has put together a helpful guide on patenting for scientists but is useful for anyone doing basic patent searching. Please see the guide Patent Searching for Scientists.

FSU Law Legal Research Center has produced a guide on Intellectual Property that can be helpful in researching patents. You can find it at Intellectual Property Research: Getting Started.


University Libraries has put together a helpful guide on copyright resources and and fair use.. Please see the guide Copyright Resources.

FSU College of Law Research Center has put together a great overview of the actual Copyright Act. It includes a tab on "current awareness" for keeping up on current law and directs in copyright.

These resources are available to guide the technological development of new products and innovations.  

Patents are protections granted for the utility and design of products and plants. Researching patent documents can be helpful in determining existing technologies.

Standards outline requirements, specifications, guidelines or characteristics for the design of a product.

Technical Reports describe the process, progress, or results of technical or scientific research. Include in-depth experimental details, data, and results.

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