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Find Patents

Information includes: search tips, tools and databases, international patents, consultation services, and more.

Quick Patent Searches

For many student and other early-stage projects, the goal is of a patent search to find out what already exists or is currently being developed. This "state-of-the art" type search typically does NOT give enough information to know if a particular idea is patentable or infringes on an existing patent, but it does give information about what has been tried already and how similar an idea is to what has been patented. 

Google Patent Search