By working through this tutorial you will:
- explore a number of patent websites
- use classification searches
- access Library databases
- in many cases locate the full text patent
Intellectual Property Management policies.
WHAT IS A PATENT?
Patents are one type of Intellectual Property. Others include: trademarks, designs, copyright, circuit layout rights, plant breeder's rights and confidentiality/trade secrets.
"A patent is a right granted for any device, substance, method or process which is new, inventive and useful. A patent is legally enforceable and gives the owner the exclusive right to commercially exploit the invention for the life of the patent."
WHY USE PATENTS?
Patents are a primary source of technical and detailed information including drawings and diagrams. 80% of patent literature is not published in any other form.
- offer the earliest source of information
- provide all the details of the invention
- show what competitors are doing
- display trends in technology and the key players
- avoid duplication and legal disputes if searched prior to manufacturing a product
list prior art (existing literature)