For off-campus access to our licensed materials, start at the Library Homepage. Find your material using the catalog or the A-Z lists. Once you have clicked on the links you will be prompted with the proxy login screen. Login using either your Portal ID/pw or your Library account information.
For further assistance contact your Subject Specialist or firstname.lastname@example.org
For certain databases (SciFinder and Reaxys) you need to set up a Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection. Use the link below to download VPN software.
For further assistance with VPN contact email@example.com or call 910.
Information in this guide is not intended to be legal advice.
For laws and legislations, contact the appropiate patent and trademark office.
Patent: "the right granted by a national government to exclude others from commercially exploiting such as making, using, offering for sale, selling or importing the invention." — World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
Patent protection is enforced only in the countries where the patent has been applied for and granted and the maintenance fees have been paid.
Generally, protection can be granted for a period of up to 20 years.
Why are patents granted? Companies, universities, and other entities receive patent protection so they can recover their research and development costs. In exchange for this protection, the information about the invention must be fully disclosed to the public.
What qualifies to be patented? National patent offices rigorously review patent applications to determine whether they qualify. Generally speaking, to be patentable an invention must be:
Facts, concepts, and natural phenomena cannot be patented.
Patents are a rich resource that should not be overlooked:
There are many practical applications of patent searching:
For more information, see: Why researchers should care about patents by the European Patent Office.