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BME 490 Senior Design in BioMedical Engineering: Patents

How Do I Search Patents

Patents can be difficult to search because they often use complicated, obscure legal-technical language.

The right way to do a patent search depends on what you're trying to find and how rigorous you need to be.  A basic exploratory search might take the form of a keyword search in a database like Google Patents or Derwent Innovations Index, using patent classifications to expand or narrow your search as needed.  A more rigorous patentability search, on the other hand, might follow the USPTO's official "Seven Step Strategy" process and use the official government patent searching tools.

General Patent Resources

Dave Zwicky - Patent Specialist

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Dave Zwicky
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Library of Engineering & Science