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Intellectual Property Research

Resources for Intellectual Property Law Research, including patent law, trademark law, copyright law, and trade secret law

Patent Searching

UW Engineering Library Patent Searching Guide

PTRC's 7 Step Strategy:

STEP 1: Brainstorm Terms Describing Your Invention

STEP 2: Access and Review Cooperative Patent Classification Schema Using USPTO’s Website Site Search Feature

STEP 3: Review Classification Definition Linked to the CPC Classification You Selected

STEP 4: Retrieve and Review Issued Patents Using the CPC Classification You Selected

STEP 5: Conduct In-Depth Review of Patents You Selected Based on Their Front-Page Information

STEP 6: Retrieve and Review Published Patent Applications Using the CPC Classifications You Identified

STEP 7: Options for Broadening Your Search