Systems Engineering

Patent Searching Resources


Google Patent Search
    Google interface to search 7 million patents - PDF full images available from site
    Read their help page

US Patent & Trademark Office USPTO
    Full page images of US patents issued since 1786
    Make sure you have the correct settings to view

Lexis Nexis Academic
US and international patent summaries, cited patents and pdf drawings but you must order the full patents

  •   Click on "Legal" Tab
  •   Click on "Patents" link on right
  •   Links with company information, news, etc. within the database.

Delphion Intellectual Property Network via Thomson
    Requires free registration which allows limited searching   

esp@cenet via European Patent Office
    European portal - PDF full images available from site

World Intellectual Property Organization WIPO
    Agency of United Nations to develop "a balanced and accessible international intellectual property (IP) system Patentscope allows you to search patents, law, stats, more

Guide to Patents: MIT Libraries
  .  Search tips, video tutorials, more

Librarian's Guide to Intellectual Property in the Digital Age by Timothy Wherry
     An excellent book for anyone who wishes to understand the basics about copyrights, patents, and trademarks.