What is a patent?
A patent is an exclusive right granted for an invention, which is a product or a process that provides, in general, a new way of doing something, or offers a new technical solution to a problem.
Source: World Intellectual Property Office. What is a patent? Retrieved May 5, 2017 from http://www.wipo.int/patents/en/
Why are patents important?
Patents legally identify inventions as belonging to the inventor. Patents are thus useful if:
Different kinds of patents:
There are different kinds of patents for different types of innovation generally they fall under three categories:
These definitions and more can be found at The United States Patent and Trademark Office
Obtaining a Patent:
Some patents are available on the Web. Order others through our Document Delivery Service. Patents are not collected by Sexton Library.