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Purpose of this guide

The purpose of this guide is to outline the basic searching and deciphering of patents for scholarly research.
It is not intended to guide research for patent applications; for this depth of research you need to be very thorough and seek help from a Patent and Trademark Resource Center and or legal assistance. Miami University Libraries are not a Patent and Trademark Resource Center and does not offer this level of assistance.

Library Databases to Find Patents in

While you can search for patents directly from the patent offices around the world that grant them, there are some databases that allows you to search for patents as well. These do not exclusively contain patents, they also contain other kinds of documents.

Please ask if you have questions on finding the patent areas of these databases.


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