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Engineering: Patents

Books, databases and tutorials to aid in locating engineering information


Patents are an important information resource in the engineering design process both in legal terms and to see how others have tried to solve a problem. The resources listed are not a comprehensive list. This page is not meant to replace consulting a patent lawyer.

Books on patent searching

Patent Drawing of a Card Catalog Drawer

Long before online library catalogs, libraries kept index cards for each item in their collection. These cards were filed in drawers such as this that were then kept in cabinets for patrons and librarians to use.

Sources of Patent & Trademark Information

Engineering Librarian

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John Napp
John Napp

Associate Professor & Engineering Librarian

University of Toledo

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