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Patents: File and Find a Patent

A patent is a legal document issued by a government which recognizes the inventor or originator of a new product or process.

  • The patent owner is granted the exclusive right to manufacture, use, and sell product or process for a designated period of time.
  • The document is assigned a patent number by the patent office.
  • The term of a new patent is usually 20 years from the date on which the application for the patent was filed.
  • There are three types of patents: Utility, Design, Plant.

How to patent your work

Patent registration in the UAE

How to find Patents

Patent Databases

Search over than 95 million patent documents from around the world and determine if a patent is still in force.

Includes US patents from 1976 on.  Also European, PCT, and Australian patents. Contains patent applications from US, PCT, and Australia.

WIPO - Search 74 million patent documents including 3.5 million published international patent applications (PCT).

Search all granted patents.

Google Patent Search

Analyzing Patent Data

How to cite Patents

IEEE Format:

Print

T. Powell, "Reflector assembly for a solar collector," Australian Patent 2015904470, Oct. 30, 2015.

Online

T. Powell, "Reflector assembly for a solar collector," Australian Patent 2015904470, Oct. 30, 2015. [Online]. Available: https://patents.google.com/patent/US9139199B2/

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Standards and patents - IEEE Referencing - Library Guides at Victoria University (vu.edu.au)