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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.


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Please note: The Engineering Library will be closed starting on May 7, 2024 (Tuesday) and re-opening on August 12, 2024 (Monday).  Access to print materials will require a special request.  Assistance will be available as usual except for no in-person assistance.

Introduction to Patent Information

This guide describes approaches to finding patent documents using freely available databases.  It also discusses reasons for using the patent literature.  If you do not find what you expected or would like more information, please contact me.


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Patent and Trademark Resource Center

The McKinney Engineering Library is a designated Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC).  As part of that program, we provide assistance with patent and trademark information. 

Just a note that we are not attorneys nor is our location a branch of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Here, we provide some basic information and point to more.  For assistance, please call Larayne Dallas at (512)-495-4503 or e-mail to arrange a call.

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