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Business Research Toolkit: Patent & Intellectual Property Research

The Sterne Library's award winning Business Research Toolkit Program is offered each Fall and Spring semester. The hands-on program introduces participants to business resources and research strategies.

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All About Patents

What types of patents are there? Utility (process, device, manufactured article, composition of matter) Design (ornamental or aesthetic improvement) Plant (hybrids)  What is a patent? A basis for protecting your invention An exclusive right
Patentability Criteria Novel/new  Useful Non-obvious    *Ideas are not patentable. The invention must be produced in order to be eligible for a patent.
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Patent Classifications United States Patent Classification (USPC)  Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC)
Steps in Patent Searching Brainstorm key terms Perform keyword search Find relevant patents Identify CPC classification Perform classification search

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