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Using Patent Databases and Finding Patents

An introduction to patent searching, with links to freely available patent databases and suggested search strategies.

How to Read a Patent

Deciphering a patent document

Our former UT-Austin Engineering Librarian Robyn Rosenberg, now with the Harvard Libraries, provides this guide:

How to Read a U.S. Patent    

  • In the compact, packed text of an individual patent, you will find:
    • Details on the invention
    • Also, (selective) prior art for the patent.

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