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Standards and Patents: Patents
A guide to finding standards and patents at Strathclyde University Library
A patent is a form of intellectual property right which enables an inventor to protect in law their creation, preventing others from copying or modifying it without permission. It is related to, but not the same as, copyright. You must file a patent with the relevant local body for it to be applicable, and you should check that no existing patent exists for a similar invention.
Patents detail the idea and invention as well as any related technical information and drawings.
Patents via SUPrimo
You can find full text of some patents via SUPrimo Articles + databases. Content from the European Patent Office and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is included in any search using the Articles + databases tab, to view these you can use the filters on the left to include only Patents under the Resource Type option:
Alternatively you can include the term epo to find items from the European Patent Office or the term uspatents to find content from the U.S. Patents and Trademarks office. These can be used in conjunction with other keywords, e.g. epo "wind power" will find you European Patent Office items related to the exact phrase "wind power".
If you want to find materials from both offices you should use the filtering option.
SciFinder contains patent information covering the areas of chemical engineering, materials science and biotechnology.
You will need to register for a password to access SciFinder, contact email@example.com for details.
The Lens is a searchable resource created from various sources including European Patent Office, US Patent Office, World Intellectual Property Organization and IP Australia. Included alongside patent information is grant data and linking to related scholarly publications.
Reaxys is a factual chemistry database combining three major databases: Beilstein, Gmelin and the Patent Chemistry databases. It covers organic, organometallic and inorganic chemistry and includes data on single and multi-step reactions, physical properties, structures and catalysts.
Use your University DS login. Access restrictions apply.
Patents in print
The Mitchell Library in Glasgow (at Charing Cross) is the base for the Scottish national patent service, with a wide collection of print resources and databases for public use.