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:
- You have invented something and want to make sure no one steals your idea.
- To make sure your own idea is original and that is, no one else has already
- To find information that doesn’t exist elsewhere in scholarly publishing.
Different kinds of patents:
There are different kinds of patents for different types of innovation generally they fall under three categories:
- Utility Patent
- Design Patent
- Plant Patent
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.