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SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY ON PATENTS


SCOPE:

Patents, along with trade secrets, trademarks, and copyrights, fall under the heading of intellectual property. Anyone may apply for and be granted a patent provided that their process, product, compound, etc., is new, useful, and nonobvious. Patent information is valuable not just to inventors and scientists. Patent documents often contain information (i.e. structural illustration, chemical properties) that can be applied to other endeavors, such as researching a chemistry or biotechnology topic for a paper.

This pathfinder covers general patent information sources and resources for those seeking patent protection, as well as resources for finding granted patents (know as prior art searching). All of the sources listed can be found or accessed in the IUB libraries.

INTRODUCTION:

A good introduction on patents and the history of patent protection and the USPTO can be found in the following:

ZA5055.U6 M67 1999 (MAIN / Government Publications Reference Desk)
Morehead, Joe. 1999. Intellectual Property. In Introduction to United States Government Information Sources Englewood, CO: Libraries Unlimited, Inc. pg.333-372.

QD8.5 .I47 1993 (CHEMISTRY On Reserve)
Eisenschitz, T.S. 1993. Patents. In Information Sources in Chemistry, ed. R.T. Bottle; J.F.B. Rowland. New York: Bowker-Saur. pg.191-211.

Also visit the United States Patent and Trademark Office website for general information on patents and trademarks: www.uspto.gov

SEARCHING IUCAT:

There are several books and government publications cataloged in IUCAT. The following are some of the subject headings you can use when searching the catalog:

Searching tips:

BOOKS ABOUT PATENTS AND THE PATENTING PROCESS:

The following books should provide you with an overview of patents and the patenting process. Some are aimed at specific audiences, such as scientists, while others are for a more general audience. The titles are arranged by call number with location in parentheses.

GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS DEPARTMENT (2nd FLOOR MAIN LIBRARY):

The GPD has many resources that may be of help in your research, including the publication below, and other publications such as Congressional hearings. Ask at the reference desk for assistance.

SPECIFIC GUIDES TO PATENTS - CLASSIFICATION, COUNTRY, AND KIND CODES:
COMMERCIAL GUIDES TO PATENT SEARCHING:

SEARCHING FOR PATENTS - SELECTED FREE AND COMMERCIAL INDEXES:

NOTE: Online searching for patents is available in the Chemistry Library. Please ask a Chemistry Library staff member for information on obtaining full-text copies of patents.

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Updated: June 2002 by Wendie Shreve