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Patents and Designs

Patent Librarian

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Michael White
Contact:
Douglas Library, Room 520
613-453-2609

Introduction

Inventors filed approximately 3.3 million patent applications worldwide in 2020, an increase of 1.6 percent over 2019. (WIPO, 2021).

Patents are a rich and important source of scientific and technical information, much of which is not published elsewhere. The patent literature is interdisciplinary and international, encompassing innovations in every field of technology during the last two hundred years. Patents contain solutions to technical problems and engineering challenges. Patents reveal the current state-of-the-art and provide vital information for making informed decisions about new research projects and business opportunities.

Designs improve the look, feel and use of products of all sizes, ranging from as small as a pill to as large as a ship. Designs also help to create brand recognition and loyalty. Many successful companies are known by their designs and designers.

Local Resources for Inventors and Entrepreneurs

Key Patent Resources

Scope Notes and Credits

Scope Notes

This guide covers information resources and research advice related to patents and industrial designs. It is specifically designed for students, instructors, researchers, and inventors who would like to search and use patent information.

It does not cover resources related to patent law or intellectual property in general.

See Also

Entrepreneurship and Innovation; Trademarks and Trade Names

Credits

Michael White, MLIS, 2008-present