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Toolkit for Entrepreneurship: Patent and Product Research

This guide was created by Becky Smith


Derwent Innovations Index

Engineering Village

Espacenet (European Patent Office)

Google Patent Search

The collection covers all granted patents and published patent applications from the USPTO (1790-present) and the EPO (1978-present). Try the basic search using the box below:

Google Patent Search

Nexis Uni

Some information on patents can be found in Lexis Nexis Academic Universe.

  • Click the drop-down menu that says Search by content type above the red search box
  • Then select Patent Search under the Legal category
  • Search for the name of the company or patent number

SciFinder Web



Unites States Patent and Trademark Office

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)