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Standards & Patents: Patents

A guide to Australian and international standards and patents

Patent Basics

Searching for Patents

To find patents search by number, keyword, personal or organisation name, or by classification (see "More about patents and searching" below). Older patents can often be downloaded freely, but current patents need to be purchased. Useful sources are:

Journal Databases which Index Patents

More about Patents and Searching

JCU’s Research Services provides more detail on Intellectual Property, including General Information about Patents as well as information on US Patents and Laboratory Notebooks.

Patent Searching Without Words Scroll down to view this article from the newsletter Free Pint (now Jinfo) that explains how to search for patents using classification tools (International Patent Classification - IPC, US Patent Classification - USC, European Classification - ECLA, File Index scheme used by the Japanese Patent Office - FI). This means looking for concepts rather than a mere match of words, and can assist in improving the precision and recall of searches.

Patent Searching: Back to the Future How to Use Patent Classification Search Tools to Create Better Searches This article by Michael White discusses problems with keyword searching and demonstrates strategies for using patent classification to improve search results.

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