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Engineering Division: Resources and Services: Patents

These guides introduce the services and resources of the Engineering Division of the Alma Jordan Library. Please feel free to contact the staff of Division directly for guidance.

What is a patent?

A patent is an intellectual property right granted for a limited time in exchange for public disclosure of the invention when the patent is granted. 

Patents are useful in engineering research as these technical publications can provide information on conventional and software processes, machinery, manufactured products and compositions of matter. 


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AJL Intellectual Property Help Desk

The Help Desk officially began operating on Thursday 27 September 2018. The service will initially be a walk-in service available every second and fourth Thursday monthly (1.00PM to 4.00PM). However, appointments can be made via email: OR call (868) 662-2002 ext. 84026.

The Help Desk is located on the ground floor of the Alma Jordan Library along the eastern wing in the area of the STARRS Computing Lab and the 24/7 Reading Room.

Locating Patents online

Espacenet offers free access to more than 70 million patent documents worldwide, containing information about inventions and technical developments from 1836 to today.

Google Patents covers the entire collection of issued patents and millions of patent application made available by the USPTO, from patents issued in the 1790s through the present.
The USPTO houses full text for patents issued from 1976 to the present and TIFF images for all patents from 1790 to the present.
Using PATENTSCOPE you can search 10,811,697 patent documents including 2,084,283 published international patent applications (PCT).

National patent offices, many of which provide full-text access to their patents, can be found on the Internet.