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Engineering Guide to Research

A guide to conducting research in engineering including finding sources such as journal articles, academic books, standards, and patents.

Why Search for Patents?

Patents are a source of technical information that are vital for businesses, researchers, and academics. Reasons to search for patents include:

  • Gain access to a wealth of technical information not published anywhere else
  • Learn how something works (diagrams, detailed description)
  • Avoid duplication of research efforts
  • Identify new research trends and/or licensing opportunities
  • Find information on a company's activities, or identify experts in a field
  • Gain protection for an idea or invention.

Where to search for patents

The following is a list of some of the larger intellectual property offices in the world:

These are some tools that you can use to search for patents internationally:

For more information, see the "How do I find patents?" guide.

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