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Company Research

This guide lists database and internet resources for company research.

Patent Searching

Tips for locating company patents

  • The owner of the patent, an individual or entity, will be listed in the assignee or applicant field.
  • Companies or employers are not always the assignees.  Rights can be held by third parties
  • University patents can be filed under their governing board, i.e.  Board of Regents
  • Company names are not uniform, so search for all variations
  • Examine the patent’s abstract, specifications, and claims for information about the invention

European Patent Office-ESPACENET

Espacenet offers free access to information about inventions and technical developments from 1782 to today. Espacenet is accessible to beginners and experts and is updated daily. It contains data on more than 110 million patent documents from around the world. Supporting information will help one understand whether a patent has been granted and if it is still in force. ESPACENET Tutorials

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U.S. Patent Trademark Office - USPTO

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is the federal agency for granting U.S. patents and registering trademarks.  USPTO tutorials

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