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Patent Law Research Guide

This guide covers the basic legal resources for United States Patent Law, including primary and secondary resources.

Patent Searching

Books & Articles on Patent Searching

Joanne Dugan, Patent Searching on the USPTO Web Site50 Law Libr. Lights 1 (2006-2007).  HeinOnline.

Current Challenges in Patent Information Retrieval (2d ed., 2017).  eBook:  Connect to Resource OhioLINK.

David Hitchcock, Patent Searching Made Easy: How to Do Patent Searches on the Internet & in the Library (5th ed., 2009).  Print:  Law Library Stacks T210 .H58 2009.

How to Conduct Patent Searches for Medicines: A Step-by-Step Guide (2010).  Print:  Law Library Stacks: T210 .H69 2011.

Patent Searching: Tools and Techniques (2007).   Print: Law Library Stacks T210 .H86 2007Print:  KSL Stacks T201 .H86 2007.

Kevin G. Rivette & David Kline, Rembrandts in the Attic: Unlocking the Hidden Value of Patents (2000).  Print: Law Library Stacks T211 .R58 2000.


Research Guides on Patent Searching

Brian Gray, Patent Searching and Other Patent Information. KSL Library Guides.  


Patent Searching Databases Available to Members of the School of Law

Canadian Intellectual Property Office. Patent Database. (Coverage varies based on type of document).

Derwent World Patents Index  (Coverage: 1963 to date). Westlaw.  Online CWRU Law Users Only.

European Patent Office (EPO). Espacenet.

Google Patents. Searches U.S. Patents. Also covers  European Patent Office (EPO), China, Germany, Canada and World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

International Patent Applications.

Japanese Platform for Patent Information.