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Patents: Getting Started

Patent links for searching and downloading patents.

USPTO Seven Step Patent Search Strategy

The 7-Step document provided by the Patent and Trademark Resource center (pdf below) is very helpful.  There is also an online computer based training tutorial of the same information.

New Resource @ Duke! Derwent Innovations Index

Duke University Libraries recently acquired access to Derwent Innovations Index though Web of Science.  This is an excellent resource with over 14.3 million basic inventions from 40 worldwide patent-issuing authorities.  Watch the 4min introduction video below from Thomsom Reuters. 

Understanding Patents

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