Patent Searching Tutorial
This Patent Searching Tutorial teaches the basics of patent searching. The
specifics were written for patrons of the Patent and Trademark Depository at the
Richard W. McKinney Engineering Library, the University of Texas at Austin.
Although some of the instructions given here may be unique to the McKinney
Engineering Library and the focus of this tutorial is the Cassis system, the
fundamentals of patent searching remain the same for any location. By
following this tutorial you will learn how to conduct an invention search, and
by the time you are finished, you should be able to conduct a basic search to
determine if your invention has already been granted a patent in the U.S.
This tutorial will take you step-by-step through a very simple invention
search. You can expect your search to be more difficult and more time consuming
than this search.
||Links will be provided throughout this tutorial to sites on the World
Wide Web with equivalent patent searching capabilities for anyone not
using a Patent and
Trademark Depository Library. We will include explanations of how
these web-based tools might figure into a search strategy, and describe
some of the benefits or pitfalls you might encounter while using them.
Instructions on the use of these tools are found at the individual sites.
We will start with the premise that we have invented a bib for a hospital
patient. In order to conduct a patent search we need to identify the
classifications that your invention falls under. To do this, it's important that
you learn about how the classification systems works. In order to familiarize
yourself with the patent classification system, we suggest you read U.S. Subject of Invention
Searching. For more information, you may also want to read the sections
on Invention Searching in David Pressman's Patent It Yourself.
Created by Nancy Green. Please send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
by the University of Texas at Austin. This material may be quoted or reproduced
without prior permission, provided appropriate credit is given.