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Citation Guidelines

Below is an example of how to cite a patent in APA Style, 7th Edition. To verify the citation style required for your assignments, please review your assignment or speak with your instructor for further guidance.

A patent citation requires the following: the name of the inventor, the year the patent was issued, the unique patent identifier, the location of patent publication and the name of the official source of the patent.


Example of APA Style, 7th Ed.:

Emblem Anti-theft device 

Name Of Inventor : Wilhelm Georg Schuppa
Year Issued: 1992
Unique Patent Identifier: EP 0519126 (A1)
Location & Name of Official Source:  Munich, Germany. European Patent Office


In-text Citation: 

(Schuppa, 1992)


Reference List Citation: 

Schuppa,W.G. (1992). European Patent No.0519126 (A1). Munich, Germany: European Patent Office. 


Citation Style Guide 

Go to the Dalhousie Libraries Citation Style Guide for more comprehensive citation style guidance, including references and in-text citations.

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