Patents

Definition

Government authority or licenses based on intellectual property.

Rationale

Patents serve as a useful indicator of innovation and future economic potential.

Guidance

Advice from authors on searching for information:

Searching of patents requires some guidance on databases with additional analysis required. Consult the Help section of each resource for additional information.

Resources & Data

Organizations, repositories, websites, and other sources where you can find more information:

Local

Office of Technology Management at Washington University (OTM)
The OTM offers a Technology Search feature to search for all available Washington University technologies. For more information, consult the office at your institution that manages technology transfer and commercialization.

General

Google Patents
Google Patents (Google Patents Guidance) covers the entire collection of granted patents and published patent applications from the USPTO, EPO, and WIPO. US patent documents date back to 1790, EPO and WIPO to 1978. See Google Patents Guidance for guidance.

USPTO Patent Application Full-Text and Image Database (AppFT)
Patent applications may be searched in the USPTO Patent Application Full-Text and Image Database (AppFT). See USPTO Search for Patents for guidance.

USPTO Patent Full-Text and Image Database (PatFT)
Patents (filed and granted) may be searched in the USPTO Patent Full-Text and Image Database (PatFT). The USPTO houses full text for patents issued from 1976 to the present and PDF images for all patents from 1790 to the present. See USPTO Search for Patents for guidance.

Data Limitations

Challenges you may encounter while searching for information:

Access to self-reported researcher or administrative/in-house data may also be required to locate documentation.

Publications

Articles, books, and other publications in translational science using the indicator:

Case Studies

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