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Finding Patent Information at the University of Illinois

Patent searching requires patience and time. The resources required to do a patent search on the UIUC campus are available at the Grainger Engineering Library Information Center.

If you desire or need assistance in performing a patent search, please contact the Grainger Engineering Library Reference staff at: 244-7826.

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Intellectual Property Protections:

Requirements for Patenting an Invention:

Terminology for Ownership of Patents:

Foreign Patents

Patent Search Steps for Prior Art

Prior Art Search: This is to verify that an invention is not already patented. There is no penalty for submitting an application to the PTO for a device that is already patented, but it is a waste of time and money if the PTO finds the patent already exists for the invention you are submitting.
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Comments to: Engineering Library
01.11.2000 MCS