What is a patent?
A patent is a form of intellectual property and can be a useful source of technical and scientific information.
Why are patents useful?
You might search the patent literature for the following reasons:
Books on Patents in Birkbeck Library
Call Number: 025.06608 PAT
Publication Date: 2007-02-02
Call Number: 362.1 NEG
Publication Date: 2005-12-01
Owning the Genome
Call Number: 346.730486 RES
Publication Date: 2004-03-29
Biotechnology, Patents, and Morality
Call Number: 174.957 BIO
Publication Date: 2000-12-01
Intellectual property : patents, copyright, trade marks and allied rights
Call Number: 346.41048 COR
Publication Date: 2013
Where to search for patents
- esp@cenet (European Patent Office) - English
Espacenet offers free access to more than 70 million patent documents worldwide, containing information about inventions and technical developments from 1836 to today.
- United States Patent and Trademark Office
The database includes information about all US patents from the first patent issued in 1790 up to the present day.
- Google Patents
Google Patents covers issued patents and millions of patent applications made available by the USPTO, from the 1790s to the present. It don’t currently include international patents.
Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature: scientific journals, books and conference proceedings with patents, where available, showing in the search results. You need your Birkbeck username and password to access Scopus.
- World Intellectual Patent Office
Under PatentScope, contains 1 million world patents and patent applications; will have a WO prefix. When viewing patent, click on "Document" to download in PDF, ZIP, or XML.