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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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  • A brief explanation of what can be patented in the United States is at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office website in General Information Concerning Patents :  "In the language of the statute, any person who 'invents or discovers any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof, may obtain a patent.'”


  • Patent law can be confusing but, at least for those of us in the U.S., information is readily available.  Much information is available on the pages of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

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