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Introduction to Patents and Patent Searching

This guide is designed to introduce you to patent searching. Basic patent information as well as useful resources are included to help get you started.

Books on Patents

These books on patents are available at the UofT Mississauga Library.

These books on patents are available at the Engineering & Computer Science Library.

These books on patents are available at the Law Library (Bora Laskin).

For related material in the library catalogue, try the following Subject Headings:

Tutorials

The following are a selection of useful resources to help you with your patent searching:

An excellent guide on patents and designs is available from Michael White at Queen's University.

A step-by-step guide on how to read a patent from Patent Lens.  

CIPO's guide to patents includes tips on the patent process and how to intrepret patent information.

How to conduct a preliminary U.S. Patent Search: A step-by-step strategy.

Two tutorials on U.S. Patent Searching from the University of Minnesota Libraries, Patents and Patentability and Patent Searching.