Skip to main content

Patents, standards, and technical reports

Specialized resources for finding patents, standards, and technical reports

What is a patent?

In exchange for the complete disclosure of an invention, a patent grants the applicant the exclusive right to make, use, or sell the claimed invention for a limited period of time. Patents and patent applications are a great way to learn about an industry or technology. Much of the information in patents will not be available elsewhere.

If you are interested in learning about patents or would like help conducting searches, please contact April Colosimo.

Searching the patent literature

  • Derwent Innovations Index - recommended resource for searching on a topic (covers 40 worldwide patent-issuing authorities)
  • Google Patents - patents and applications from the USPTO, EPO, and WIPO
  • CIPO's Canadian Patents Database - for the full text of Canadian patents and applications from the Canadian Intellectual Property Office
  • USPTO - search for U.S. patents and applications from the United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Espacenet (European Patent Office)
  • Patentscope (WIPO) - search international and national patent collections from the World Intellectual Property Organization
  • SciFinder - recommended resource for chemistry and related patents (covers 63 worldwide patent-issuing authorities)
  • The Lens - includes a scholar search to find citations in patents

Patent classification

Disclosing an invention

Research professionals from McGill University may consult the Research and Innovation website for information on disclosing an invention and investigating its commercialization potential.

Resource key

  • McGill users only
  • Open access resource
  • Free resource
  • In-library use
  • Catalogue record

Downtown campus contact

Schulich Librarians's picture
Schulich Librarians
Schulich Library of Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, and Engineering

Macdonald campus contact

Macdonald Campus Librarians's picture
Macdonald Campus Librarians
Macdonald Campus Library

Ask the librarian on duty

McGill LibraryQuestions? Ask us!
Privacy notice